Maddox Students Stage Strike After Inter-class Games

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Police in Kyenjojo have rushed to Maddox Secondary School in Butiiti Sub County where students have staged a violent strike and destroyed school property.

Police in Kyenjojo have rushed to Maddox Secondary School in Butiiti Sub County where students have staged a violent strike and destroyed school property.
 
The students at the government-aided school went on strike on Monday morning protesting what they termed as unfairness in awarding the games trophy to the senior three students.
 
According to a senior three student who talked to our reporter on condition of anonymity, the school held an interclass athletics competition on Friday afternoon, with Senior Three class emerging winners. This is said to have left Senior Four students disappointed.
 
A teacher at the school who did not want to be named says the strike appears to have started on Friday evening shortly after the end of the athletics completion. He says the senior four students protested the results and confronted the judges on the table.
 
However he was unable to disclose the results per class because of the confusion at the school.
 
The teacher explained that the students also accused some teachers of being biased and conniving with the judges. According to the teacher, Senior Four candidates had wanted to win the trophy and take the money amounting to 750,000 shillings, which they hoped to use to organise their leavers’ party in December.
 
He says the candidate class, who started re-grouping on Friday evening, refused to come for the morning assembly on Monday. Immediately after the assembly, the students rioted and attacked their senior three counterparts. They went to the administration block and used stones to smash window panes.
 
According to the teacher, the rioting students also destroyed the solar panels, bulbs and wires in the solar house. They wanted to destroy the computer room but the police was brought in quickly.
 
Samson Muhenda, the headmaster of the school, could not pick his phone for a comment at the time of filing this report.
 
Samuel Abed, the District Police Commander, said the police from Kaihura Police Post and Kyenjojo police station were sent at the school to calm down the students. The police remain deployed at the school.
 
The administrators, police and board of governors were said to be in a meeting forging a way forward at the time of filing this report.