500 Students Expelled over Meeting

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According to information obtained by URN, only 200 of the 700 parents of the school responded to the invitation to attend the meeting.

George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC V chairperson has defended the expulsion of 500 students from Kaikolondo seed school because of the failure by their parents to attend a crisis meeting. This morning, Joe Mukasa Sserwanja, the headmaster Kaikolongo Seed Secondary school expelled the students on the orders of Mutabaazi. He issued the order after parents of the affected students failed to show up for a crisis meeting convened by the school management to discuss the threats by students to strike over food, the 5000 shillings computer fee and punishments amongst others.

According to information obtained by URN, only 200 of the 700 parents of the school responded to the invitation to attend the meeting. During the meeting, the headteacher made a roll call of each student and their parents and took note of those who didn't show up. Sserwanja expelled the students whose parents did not show up amidst protests. He said the students would not be allowed back in the school next term adding that, their parents would be informed of the Parents Teachers Association reslution in writing.

George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC5 Chairperson says that they decided to take this radical decision because majority of the parents had become a problem.  Mutabaazi claims that he has information indicating that some students whose parents did not show up were planning to set the school ablaze. He explains that only students whose parents sent apologies for not attending the meeting will be considered.

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The decision to expel them because of their parents failure to attend the meeting, has drawn angry reactions from some of the affected students. They accuse the headteacher of being despotic. Some of the affected students claim that their parents did not show up because they didn’t receive the invitation letter, while others say their parents stay far away from the school. Michael Ruhana, one of the affected students says that they were shocked by the decision to expel them. He says the school administration should have given their parents warning letters instead of expelling them right away.

Ruhana argues that it was unwise for the school management to expel them without listening to their parents. Another student who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says expelling them over the failure by their parents to attend the crisis meeting would only pile the tension at school. She says that they have a lot of grievances including the 5000 shillings computer fee. 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.