Saturday October 21 2017

Kigezi High School suspends 500 students over strike

Riot police officers were deployed to prevent

Riot police officers were deployed to prevent students from demonstrating. Agencies photo 

By Robert Muhereza


Kigezi High School in Kabale District has suspended 500 male students in connection to the violent strike at the school on Monday night.

During the strike, students rampaged and set ablaze the prefect's dormitory alias "White House.” 
They also burnt the house used by their senior man teacher, Mr James Katureebe. It all started after the school management expelled four students for their alleged involvement in sexual relations contrary to the school regulations. 
They also demanded the transfer of their Deputy Head Teacher in Charge of Academics, Mr Edison Bakiga for alleged cruelty. The students also accused the administration of failing to buy a pickup truck yet they have been contributing Shs50, 000 each term since 2013. 
On Friday, students rejected breakfast and lunch demanding the unconditional release of eleven students who were picked up and locked up at Kabale police station for allegedly masterminding the violent strike. As a result, the School Board of Governors convened a crisis meeting and resolved to chat away forward. 
The head teacher, Mr Stephen Mugume says the Board of Governors resolved to suspend all male students with the exception of those in candidate classes. 
By the time of filling this story, riot police had taken control of the school.