The Congolese government has decided to close the 5-Février technical high school, located in an eastern district of Brazzaville, for serious incivility. Indeed, the students of this secondary education establishment took down the tricolor national flag last week, to hoist a monocolor flag in its place.
With our correspondent in Brazzaville, Loicia Martial
The scene took place in broad daylight on February 5: a group of students, excited girls and boys, dancing, singing and shouting “after the army, it’s us”. They lowered the flag: green-yellow-red, the national colors, to raise a black flag.
The government condemned the act and speaks of “ serious incivility “. As of Monday, February 12 and until further notice, the technical high school is closed and registration for state exams is suspended.
The decision is welcomed by the Movement of Pupils and Students of Congo (MEEC): “ It’s a good decision because there was a desecration of the emblem of the Republic. These students behaved like delinquents in the school environment. They shone through acts that we describe as villainous which hardly honor the school “, declared Prince Bayounga, president of this union.
But, this parent of students, who requested anonymity, puts a caveat: “ Closure, ok for now, to tell them that the act is too serious. But as a parent of students, I would like the government to calm down its decision because it is too hard. »
According to the government, sixteen students involved in these acts have been identified, thirteen of them have already been arrested and made available to the investigation services.