Busoga College Mwiri in Jinja district has been closed indefinitely after a students’ demonstration that started peacefully on Friday morning turned violent later in the day
Busoga College Mwiri in Jinja district has been closed indefinitely after a students’ demonstration that started peacefully on Friday morning turned violent later in the day.
Jinja Resident District Commissioner—RDC Richard Gulume Balyainho has confirmed that the emergency meeting that was convened at the school at 10am today has resolved to send all students home for unspecified period of time.
The meeting comprised members of the board of governors, PTA members, school administrators and the district security committee leaders. Gulume says there is a great risk of insecurity if students are left at school.
The students started peacefully on Friday protesting the manner in which they are fed at school, sanitation and hiked fees among others. They marched 10 kilometres from the school to the district hall in Jinja town, where they presented their grievances to district leaders.
But tempers flared on Friday night after students turned violent breaking school materials and attacking teachers. It started during supper when students broke all the plates at the dining hall shouting, “We want the headmaster and his deputy out of the school.”
The students later disconnected power lines to most of the school’s classroom blocks and attacked the deputy head teacher Henry Mwonda’s home, smashing all the window glasses. As if that was not enough, they destroyed all window glasses in the staff room and most classroom blocks until the police had to use teargas to force them into their dormitory.
Efforts by the anti-riot police that was deployed at the school during the day to silence the students resulted into running battles.
According to Jinja District Police Commander Apollo Kateeba, the deployment at the school was to ensure peace and protect students from being victimized by the school administrators.
A source at the school says the students reiterated the call for the transfer of the school headmaster George Wamala Lule and his deputy as Jinja RDC Richard Gulume and district chairman Frederick Ngobi Gume convinced them to resume their studies during the day.
They accuse the two head teachers of abusing parents during school assembly. The students also say the school under the leadership of the duo has declined in performance and its facilities have been run down. They talk of a weakening enforcement of their school academic standards, poor feeding and abuse of office among others.
The boys alleged that on several occasions they have presented their grievances to the Head teacher but he has never taken any action.