Oromia State Government Calls For Resumption Of Classes In
Troubled Schools, Monday
Addis Ababa, March 30, 2002 (WIC) - The Oromia Regional State Government today
issued an ultimatum on schools in the State whose normal operation has been disrupted
as a result of acts of lawlessness by some students, to resume classes beginning April
The Regional State Government warned in a statement, that all students and staff of
the affected schools who fail to show up and resume work in their respective schools on
Monday risked dismissals, of their own will.
It also warned that elements who try to engage in acts that may infringe on the rights
of those students who want to pursue their education peacefully, will be dealt with
accordingly by security forces.
The Regional State Government blamed the school disruptions from 26-29 March 2002 in
some parts of Oromia on certain forces it said were bent on discrediting the numerous
and significant achievements scored in the Regional State in the past years, and on
blocking the advance towards more achievements yet.
It said the lawlessness and acts of anarchy in schools by such elements which it
described as "bankrupt political organizations", was driven by their ambition to achieve
political objectives, they have failed to achieve through open and popular contests.
It said there have been considerable destruction caused by students to public property,
outside the premises of those schools, used by these force for their destructive acts
under the cover of students.