TWENTY-THREE pupils who were “brutalized” victims by teachers and deputy headmaster at Chemhanza High School in Hwedza have opened up to the police.
The deputy headmaster, identified only as Mararike, was arrested on Monday following a visit to the school by provincial education director Anatolia Ncube and her team.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest, saying investigations had since begun.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of Chemhanza High School deputy headmaster in connection with a brutal assault involving 23 students,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
“First report against the deputy headmaster was made on the 16th of January 2021 by a Form 4 student and the other 22 lodged their reports on the 18th of January 2021.
“The Form 4 student was alleged to have been brutally assaulted using a science laboratory pipe after being accused of leaving the dormitory room through a window.
“The student informed the parent and a police report was lodged against the first suspect who is now leading police with investigations with a view to establishing how many could have been assaulted and assessing the degree of injuries,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
Impeccable sources told H-Metro that other teachers being implicated in the brutal assault included Mr Muchakazi, Mrs Chirapa, Mrs Kwenda and Mrs Nzonzo.
Pictures of some of the victims circulating on social media show bruises on the backs of the students. Form 4 and 6 students are at the school for their 2020 end of year examinations, while other classes are expected to resume upon review of national lockdown level 4.