Headmaster injured during violent strike

Friday August 2 2013

By Dan Wandera

Nakaseke - A head teacher is nursing serious head injuries at Mulago hospital after he was assaulted by striking students on Wednesday.

Rtd Capt Michael Tiberindwa, the headmaster of Kinyogoga Seed Secondary School in Kinyogoga Sub-county, Nakaseke District was assaulted together with Mr James Kasirye a teacher at the school.

The striking students accused the school management of failing to resolve the rampant absenteeism of teachers whom they claim are on government payroll.

They also protested the indefinite suspension of seven of the students by the administration over alleged cases of indiscipline.

The irate students vandalised school property before they were sent home by the Nakaseke District security committee and Education officials.

Police have arrested Mr Umar Kambugu, one of the teachers to help with investigations after it emerged that he could have been part of the group that instigated the strike by inciting the students.

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According to Mr Fred Rwabirinda, the district councillor representing Kinyogoga Sub-county, closing the school was the best option since the students put the lives of the head teacher and staff in danger.

“It is good that we have received information that the head teacher is recovering. It could also be true that some of the teachers on the government payroll are engaged in gross absenteeism but ministry of Education has now taken up the issue for investigation,” Mr Rwabirinda said.

He also confirmed that a team of officials had visited the school and attended a stakeholders meeting where parents called for an investigation on the alleged teacher absenteeism.

Nakaseke RDC Geoffrey Kyomukama said the school will re-open after some of the issues raised by parents, among other stakeholders are resolved.

“We do not want our children to stay at home when others are studying. But we also seriously condemn the actions by students who vandalised property and assaulted the teachers.

This behaviour cannot be allowed. Police are still hunting for the students who started the strike. Some of them will face possible criminal charges,” Mr Kyomukama said.

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