Trainees walk out of classes

National, Normal

By Andrew Alphonse

MORE than 300 Dauli Teachers College trainees in Tari, Southern Highlands province, on Wednesday walked out of their classes and staged a peaceful protest march over the lack of security and constant attacks and harassments.
The trainees were also angry over the theft of their belongings and valuables in the college by locals and Yagome villagers.
College principal Dale Tinol said the latest incident occurred on Monday night when a local youth broke into the women’s dormitory and attempted to rape two trainees who were returning from the ablution block.
While one trainee managed to flee and raised an alarm, the other was thrown on the ground and resisted and fought off her assailant who fled.
The second year trainee from Enga was sent to Tari General Hospital where she received five stitches for a 3cm cut.
The college has been without electricity for four weeks.
On Wednesday morning, students carried placards and banners and walked 15km in the scorching heat to Tari town to make their unhappiness known to the local authority.