THE Morobe provincial executive council has resolved that students involved a fight in Lae, last Friday, be identified and expelled.
The fight involved students from Lae and Bumayong secondary schools.
Governor Kelly Naru, who chaired the meeting, adopted a zero tolerance policy on all anti-social behaviour in schools.
Students from the two schools clashed last Friday afternoon at Eriku, resulting in injuries to students and members of the public.
It forced the temporary closure of shops and business houses. Forty students were arrested.
The council meeting resolved that the provincial education board implement the zero tolerance policy on: school fights, consumption of alcohol, consumption of homebrew and other illegal beverages, consumption or possession of illicit substances, accessing of pornographic materials or sites, cult groupings and practices and any other disruptive behaviour.
“The zero tolerance policy is consistent with existing laws and applies equally within and outside the school boundaries,” Naru said.
“And consistent with this policy, the students who were involved in the fight must be identified and expelled forthwith by the respective governing councils and principals.
“This directive must be effected on or before Friday.
“The expulsion does not stop the police from investigating and charging these students for criminal conduct.”
Naru said failure to follow the directive would result in disciplinary action on the provincial education board, governing councils, principals and teachers.
Meanwhile, both schools resumed classes yesterday.
Papua New Guinea education news services
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