By Robert Mugabe
Police has today 27th January 2022 been deployed at St Gerald’s secondary school Nyakibaale in Rukungiri District to quell a student’s strike.
The students who have barely spent three weeks after reporting to school on the 10th of January 2022 were up in arms over the school’s deputy headteacher Twinomujuni Timothy nicknamed “Ensigi” and the school warden only identified as Oswald.
The school warden is charged with overseeing the boarding section of the school
Trouble began this afternoon at 2:00pm when students attacked the residences of deputy headteacher and school warden accusing them of high handedness.
The students reportedly vandalized the houses of the said staff members, collected all their property and heaped it the gate of the school.
The students say the warden and the deputy headteacher have meted out harsh punishments to them even for what they consider small issues.
One of the students who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity says some students are suspended for small infractions.
The headmaster of the school Byaruhanga Nazarious nicknamed “Kaanakabi” admits that some students were suspended for indiscipline and ordered to report to school with their parents, but before dust could settle, senior 4 students, were engaged in a brawl with their senior 3 counterparts.
The brawl later degenerated into a strike
The Rukungiri District Police commander Musa Tibakirana says Police was called in to prevent students from destroying property belonging to the deputy headmaster and school warden.
He says a meeting between police the headteacher and other stakeholders was held to chart out ways of restoring calm
Tibakirana called on students to concentrate on their studies and avoid criminality noting that one is criminally liable at the age of 12.
He said police is carrying out investigations to pick out the ringleaders so that they are charged for destroying property.