Students of Katikamu Secondary School in Luweero destroyed school property worth millions of shillings on Saturday night during a strike that was reportedly sparked off by the inhumane treatment of one of their colleagues by a teacher.
The students smashed glass window at the boys’ dormitory, destroyed the office of the dormitory warden, burnt documents, damaged two water tanks and demolished part of a perimeter wall around the boys’ dormitory before the police intervened late in the night and stopped them, according to the head teacher, Mr Joseph Nyangoma.
“These boys destroyed school property worth millions over issues that could have been solved by the school administration. We are interrogating some of the students. We have about 70 students on a list of the ringleaders, “ Mr Nyangoma said.
Students who spoke to Daily Monitor alleged that a male teacher, known for his brutality, repeatedly punched and kicked their colleague at around 10pm after prep.
“We saw one of our friend punished in a very embarrassing way but the other teachers did nothing to rescue the boy. This is not the first time that students are being punished in this way,” a Senior Two student, who preferred anonymity for fear of reprisal, said.
The deputy headmaster, Mr Ronald Mukwaya, said only Senior Two and Three students were involved in the strike. The students reportedly broke into and looted three canteens at the school.
Parents who turned up for the school visitation day yesterday told Daily Monitor that they suspect the school administration could be hiding the truth about what led to the strike.
“We are being told that a student accidentally fell down and hurt himself but the students have a different version of the story. We want the school administrators to be clear on the matter to ensure that these students do not go on strike again,” a parent said.
“ We were not also informed about the strike but found the school littered with broken glass,” another parent said. The police said they will summon the accused teacher to make a statement on the matter.