President’s photos defaced, Burundi schools face probe

President’s photos defaced, Burundi schools face probe

Nine schools in Burundi are under investigation after photos of the president were found defaced in text books, BBC reports.
According to the report, over 230 pupils from these schools have been suspended for failure to take responsibility for the defacement of 27 books at their school.
Meanwhile, eleven other students in other provinces are currently facing prosecution for insulting the president by defacing his photo, which is a crime punishable by five to 10 years imprisonment.
According to the BBC, 234 pupils at Gahinga Secondary School in Ruyigi province were also prevented from sitting for their end-of-year exams on Tuesday for refusing to tell the authorities who had scrawled on the President Nkurunziza’s photo.
The students, who were asked to write down the names of those who had defaced the books and the names of those who had encouraged them to do it, returned blank sheets.
The picture of Burundi’s president is alongside those of two former monarchs in books on human sciences for grades eight and nine, says BBC reporter.
Defaced pictures of the president were first reported in a school south of the capital last month.
Guillaume Kwizera, head of education in Ruyigi province, told the BBC the students would remain at home until the investigation into all nine schools was complete.
The authorities want to know if there was a political motive behind the pupils’ conduct.
Burundi, which has continued to experience unrest due to the president’s third term in office, has seen over 400 people killed since April 2015.

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