A GROUP of Grade 12 students has threatened to return home and miss the national examinations beginning next month because they have been accused of being involved in cult activities.
The group of more than 200 students attending the Kerevat National High School yesterday was reacting to the expulsion this week of 10 of their classmates for allegedly being involved in cult activities.
They have been given airline tickets to go home.
Yesterday the rest of the students, mostly from Momase and Highlands regions, demanded to be given their airline tickets so that they could go home.
They had packed their bags on Wednesday night after staging a protest outside the school dining hall.
They wanted principal Ray Rieme Alo to explain to them what evidence he had about the alleged cult practices.
Police from the Kerevat station and the Tomaringa mobile squad were at the school to monitor the situation.
Later yesterday, Alo discussed the issue with students and urged them to stay back and focus on the national exams in three weeks.
“There is no cult practice here in the school,” he said.
“The students were expelled on the grounds that they were attempting to revive cult practices here through generational names and punches.”
Alo said the students agreed to stay and look at ways to maintain a good relationship with the school administration.
He has briefed the Education Ministry in Port Moresby about the issue and is awaiting a response on the mass withdrawal.
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