Thursday June 12 2014

700 Adjumani students sent home over strike

By Martin Okudi

Adjumani- More than 700 students of Alere Secondary School in Adjumani District have been suspended for two weeks for participating in a strike.
Mr Mark Ambayo, the district education officer, ordered the students to vacate the school premises on Monday.

“The students will stay at home for two weeks to pave way for the school administration to make a decision and the district engineer to make an assessment of the massive destruction,” Mr Ambayo said.

The students, mainly boys looted the school canteen and burnt grass-thatched houses.

They smashed glass windows of their dormitory before invading the girls’ one where they destroyed and looted belongings.

The pre-mock examination for Senior Four and Six candidates, which was expected to begin on Monday, has been put on halt.

Mr Andrew Kaggwa, the district police commander, said they fired live bullets in air to disperse the rowdy students from causing more destruction.
He said three students have also been arrested to help in investigations.

A student leader, who preferred anonymity for fear of being suspended, said the students went on strike because lunch had delayed as the school grinding mill broke down.

But Mr Simon Ichaa, the head teacher, said the allegations were unjustified because the reason for the delayed lunch was communicated early.

He said the leaking roof of the boys’ dormitory was repaired while one borehole was also sufficient to serve the students as plans were underway to repair the broken one.