Teso College Aloet Suspends 13 students Over Strike

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In short
They are accused of causing chaos at the school last week after were blocked from watching the final match of the confederation between Brazil and Spain.
The suspension letters do not indicate when they will be allowed back to school.

13 students of Teso College Aloet in Soroti district have been suspended for their alleged involvement in a violent strike last week. The students were handed their suspension letters on Tuesday and sent home with their metallic boxes and mattresses. A copy of the suspension letter seen by URN shows the students are accused of inciting their colleagues to, fully participating in the strike, and making noise during prep time. Some of the affected students are Elvis Ogiro, Lawrence Abarimo, Morris Otukei, Francis Omagor, Paul Alibet, Samuel Byaruhanga, Basil Esanu, Samson Majuma Oriama, Emmanuel Edonu, Fredrick Acura and Enest Ayen.

They are accused of causing chaos at the school last week afterwere blocked from watching the final match of the confederation between Brazil and Spain.  The students refused to eat before they rampaged and smashed several window panes, security lights and also attempted to set ablaze the school truck.  The suspension of the students followed investigations and series of meeting conducted by the school administration. Sylvester Ocaatum, the Head teacher Teso College Aloet says the fate of the students will be decided by the school management board. Ocaatum warns that the school administration will not tolerate indiscipline and destructive students.

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A parent who declined to be named so as to speak freely told URN that the school management should have considered the magnitude of the strike before suspending students. He appeals to the school authorities to reconsider the decision and give the students another chance to continue with their studies saying it will be hard for parents to fix them in new school in the middle of the term.

The parent, whose child is one of those suspended, wonders where he will get more money to pay his school fees saying that he had just forked out 485,000 for his tuition. But David Dickson, the head prefect Teso College Aloet concurs with the decision of the school Administration saying no student should get involved in violent strikes.

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Teso College Aloet with a population of 1500 has two wings; East and west. It is the biggest secondary boarding school in Teso region.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.