Adventist School Ordered To Reinstate Pupils Accused Of Engaging In Sexual Activity

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NYAHUNI Adventist High School has been ordered to reinstate five pupils it recently expelled over unsubstantiated allegations of engaging in sexual intercourse after it emerged that the headmaster had not followed correct procedure in dismissing the children.

High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe yesterday ordered the reinstatement of the children — two boys and three girls — in his chambers after the school head rescinded on his earlier position of opposing the application.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, who was represented by Mr Joseph Mumbengengwi of the Attorney-General’s Office, said he was not opposed to the order sought because he had not sanctioned the school’s decision.

However, considering that the headmaster, Mr Sheckleton Makamba, was no longer opposing the application, the judge did not order the respondents in the matter to pay costs of the suit.

Four of the pupils — two boys and two girls — are Upper Six students who are still writing examinations while the two boys’ sister, who was in the same house where the sexual activities were suspected to have taken place, is in Form Three.

Harare lawyer Mr Charles Nyika of Nyika Kanengoni and Partners confirmed the development saying his clients were now free to go back to school without any hindrances.

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