DEO Probes Cause of Strikes at Gulu High School

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On Monday, Ceaser Akena, the Gulu district education officer held several meetings with teachers and student leaders at the school. He was accompanied by Jose Jola Achire, the principal Municipal education officer and Phiona Grace Atim, the municipal inspector of schools.

Gulu district education officer has moved to investigate the rampant strikes at Gulu High School in recent weeks.

The latest strike happened on Sunday as students protested the conduct of a drunk teacher who picked up a misunderstanding with a student. The strike left 12 students hospitalised after fainting at the sounds of police gunfire to quell the strike. 

A day after the strike, Ceaser Akena, the Gulu district education officer has held several meetings with teachers and student leaders at the school. He was accompanied by Jose Jola Achire, the principal Municipal education officer and Phiona Grace Atim, the municipal inspector of schools.

Captain Santos Okot Lapolo, Gulu resident district commissioner says he tasked the DEO to ascertain and report on the causes of the recent strikes at the school.

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Meanwhile, the students hospitalised last night have been discharged from hospitals. The students fainted as police shot sound launchers in the air.

A Uganda Radio Network reporter in Gulu visited the school and found learning progressing normally. Saul Lubega, the school head teacher was in a closed door meeting with his staff before the arrival of the district and municipal education officials at 11am.

Electricity that caused last week's strike had been restored and Uganda National Certificate of Education examinations were in progress. 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.