Sseke Secondary School Closed Over Violent Strike

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anti riot police at Sseke ss Ezekiel Ssekweyama

anti riot police at Sseke ss

In short
The students rampaged on Sunday and destroyed school property worth million of shillings demanding for the removal of three top administrators.

Authorities in Lwengo district have closed Sseke senior secondary school and sent all students home following a violent strike. The authorities intervened and ordered all the students to vacate the school the strike that started on Sunday, entered its second day on Monday. The students rampaged on Sunday and destroyed school property worth million of shillings demanding for the removal of three top administrators.

They are Hakim Rugasa, the headmaster Sseke Secondary school, his deputy Twaibu Kitimbo and the school bursar Ali Kiruuta. The trio is accused of looting school property, tribalism, unfair expulsions of students and serving poor meals. The students vandalized the newly constructed classroom block, window panes and closed the school gate in an attempt to arrest the three administrators forcing anti riot police to intervene.

Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo district Education Officer and Simon Peter Wafana, the Southern Region Police commander convened a crisis meeting at the school and resolved to send all students home. The officials explain that they resolved to close the school and send the students home to pave way for investigations into the cause of the strike.
Wafana says that police has started investigating all the student’s concerns, adding that all the implicated school administrators will be interrogated. He says that the school premises are now under police control and no student will be allowed to step there until it is cleared by police. Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo DEO says that they plan to meet the school administrators who shunned the security meeting with students to find out what the problem is.

Ankunda warns students to desist from hooliganism and cases of indiscipline. Fred kawesi, a senior three students says that the head teacher was such a despot who only favors students from his tribe. He also claims that Rugasa ordered each student to pay shillings 5000 to replace a window pane that was broken by one of the students but to their surprise he bought the glass and took it to his home.

Filda Nakabuye, another student also accuses the headmaster of forcing them to pay money for text books but they are not placed in the library. She also alleges that they have been paying shillings 30,000 per student for morning exams, but they have never sat any. Nakabuye says if their concerns are not addressed, they will not hastate to return to the school and stage a fresh strike. Sirage Zziwa, one of the affected parents says that they have been cautioning the school administration to address the student’s concerns in vain. He says they are afraid of what to do after they had paid fees for the term.for the term.