Over 900 students of St. Kagwa High School in Bushenyi District have been sent home after they engaged in a violent strike.
The students who had held a peaceful demonstration and walked 3km to the district headquarters to meet the District Education Officer (DEO), turned violent at night destroying school property and were sent home on Friday.
The Bushenyi DEO, Mr Norman Lukum, said they agreed with the school administration to close the school because the students had broken into the school store and destroyed the stock of food. “We could not keep them here because there is no food in the store. They (students) broke into the store and went away with sacks of posho, rice and sugar,” Mr Lukum said.
The Bushenyi District Police Commander, Mr Joab Wabwiire, said students damaged several school property. “We first made sure that we rescue the headmaster whom they were waiting for outside his office,” Mr Wabwiire said.
The students accuse the head teacher, Mr Richard Tumusiime Wavamuno, of chasing away senior teachers and leaving them with those who have just completed college, and misappropriating school funds. But Mr Tumusiime told Daily Monitor that it is unfortunate for students to go on strike at this time of the term when mid-term exams should be commencing.