St. Leo’s Kyegobe expels 17

Tuesday August 3 2010

By Felix Basiime


Fort Portal-based St Leo’s College Kyegobe, which was recently rocked by student strikes, has expelled 17 students. The students are part of the 25 who were last month arrested and detained at Fort Portal police station as suspected ring leaders in the recent strike.

The students allegedly vandalised school property and a car belonging to the director of studies, burnt and the head teacher’s banana plantation and house destroyed.

The students went on strike protesting bad leadership and poor administration.
The head teacher, Mr Evan Ottigo, said during a meeting of old students held at the school on Saturday that the students have been dismissed for indiscipline.

Mr Paul Kasande, the chairman board of governors, said the old students have instituted regulations which will punish students who prove to be indisciplined.
Mr Steven Kagwera, the Burahya MP and president of the old students association, asked students to obey rules to ensure discipline at school. “Parents should instil morals in their children to minimise riots that have been common in our schools recently,” Mr Kagwera said.

Recently, at least 100 students of Kagote Seed Secondary School in Fort Portal Municipality, Kabarole District were handed a two-week suspension over a strike.
The students went on strike after the school administration refused to take them for an agricultural trip.

Other schools that have experienced strikes in the past month are Nyakasura School, Fort Portal SS and Kaboyo SS -- all in Kabarole District and St. Thomas Aquinas in Kamwenge District and Kyenjojo SS in Kyenjojo District.