Kilembe Secondary School Closed Over Strike

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In a written statement issued to the media, Muserero says students turned rowdy on Tuesday when the administration confiscated their mobile phones.

Kilembe Senior Secondary school in Kasese district has been closed following a violent student's strike. The head teacher Augustine Muserero announced the premature closure of the school last evening.

In a written statement issued to the media, Muserero says students turned rowdy on Tuesday when the administration confiscated their mobile phones. According to the school rules, any student found with a mobile phone earns an indefinite suspension. 

54 mobile phones were recovered during the operation that started on July 23rd, according to the statement.  Muserero says as a result of the operation, students rampaged on Tuesday and vandalised school property including the newly acquired school bus, classroom block and main hall.

 He says the students might have decided to strike on Tuesday before they are expelled during the weekly school assembly on Friday. At least four students were arrested by the school guards and handed over to Kilembe Police post in connection to the strike.

 
Bakar Muga, the Rwenzori Regional Police publicist says it took the intervention of Police to disperse the unruly students. He says the four students in custody will help Police investigations into the strike. According to Muga, they will only allow the school to reopen once there are no more fears of further property destruction.

 
One of the students who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says the strike started immediately after the administration confiscated their mobile phones. He however, says matters went out of hand on Tuesday when management implicated some students for stealing a neighbor's goat that strayed into the school compound after they found roasting meat.