Over 900 striking students of St. Kagwa High School in Bushenyi district were on Friday sent home. The students who had held a peaceful demonstration and walked a 3km stretch to the district head quarters to meet the district education officer, turned violent at night destroying school property.
The students who had held a peaceful demonstration and walked a 3km stretch to the district head quarters to meet the district education officer, turned violent at night destroying school property.
The Bushenyi DEO, Norman Lukum said that they agreed with the school administration to close the school because students had broken into the store and destroyed food stocks.
According to the DEO, students reportedly stole bags of posho, rice and sugar and this forced the administration to close and send them home.
The Bushenyi district police commander, Joab Wabwire said that students shattered window screens by pelting them with stones. He said that when police were called in, they found the students had besieged the head teacher in his office at night.
Wabwire added that the police had to first rescue the head master whom students planned to attack as soon as he got out of his office.
The students accuse the head teacher, Richard Tumusiime Wavamuno of chasing away senior teachers and leaving behind those who have just finished college.
They also accuse the headmaster of allegedly misappropriating school funds, citing an example where he refused students to participate in the just concluded district sports gala saying that he would use the money to stock the library.
When contacted, Wavamuno said it is unfortunate for students to go on strike at this time of the term. He said that next week they were to start their mid term exams and for
candidate classes preparing for mocks.
Wavamuno suspects that there could be some teachers who are inciting these students to strike.
He said that there is a teacher who is a diploma holder but was getting a graduate’s salary. He explained that when filling forms, he told the teacher to rectify the error but it never went well with him. He said that as a supervisor, he could not keep that teacher since he would one time be asked to explain.
He also noted that there is another teacher who asked for a sick leave but was instead driving a taxi. He suspects that such teachers could be responsible for the strike.
He explains that some teachers wanted an increment in their PTA allowances, which he refused, noting that their allowances had been increased in January.
Wavamuno further revealed that an investigation committee has been set to establish the cause of the strike.
He said that they had made an increment of school fees by shs60,000 saying that he never wanted put another burden on parents.