Timid student movement on Monday in Kinshasa

6 October 2017
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A rumor has been circulating since the weekend: “Students are still going to attack schools on Monday. We have to keep the children at home,” the parents whispered. At the base of the rumor too, “the day without professors” launched by trade unionists. This morning, from Seventh Street to the city center, through the Victoire roundabout, students are invisible.

Schools that do not believe in this rumor have nevertheless opened their doors to welcome students as usual. Some parents come to drop off their children. Some students, on the other hand, braved fear in solo to go to school, but covertly. One of them met in the taxi in blue skirt tergal has a camouflage hood to the head “to go unnoticed in the eyes of the presumed” students who will be angry with him for going to school.

On Monday, September 18, some schools in Kinshasa were attacked by strangers who presented themselves as students. A panic has invaded the city with the parents running to and fro to get their children back from school. These attacks would be linked to the double strike at Higher Education and Primary and Secondary Education caused by the non-payment of teachers.

The Minister of Higher Education and University received in the immediate, students indexed in this case to clear it. The latter “concerned about the current session” have denied being involved in this panic. The police have reassured that the situation is under control.



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