Masaka SS Board In Crisis Meeting

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In short
On Tuesday, some students attempted to set ablaze one of the dormitories in the school, two days after another dormitory was gutted by fire. Ten students were picked up by police after they were found in possession of bottles containing petrol.

The board of governors Masaka Secondary school has convened a crisis meeting to calm down the tension between the head teacher, Hajj Musa Musoke Mpungu, his teachers and students. The meeting follows a week's ultimatum issued by the students to management to expel Mpungu from the school or else they destroy property.

 
On Tuesday, some students attempted to set ablaze one of the dormitories in the school, two days after another dormitory was gutted by fire. Ten students were picked up by police after they were found in possession of bottles containing petrol. 

During investigations, the students claimed that they had decided to set the school on fire to raise a red flag against their head teacher, who they accuse of maladministration. They accuse Mpungu of discriminating and despising Christian teachers and students on religious grounds. 

They also accuse Mpungu of denying them leisure services despite paying entertainment fees. One of the detained students, whose identity has been withheld because he is a minor, claims that there is a plot by students to destroy the newly built Shillings 6billion classroom block and laboratories.
 
 
He claims there are many students and teachers who are bitter with Mpungu and are ready to do anything unless he is removed. Hajj Jamil Miwanda, the Masaka Secondary School Board chairman, says he has invited all board members and summoned the head teacher to establish what the problem could be. 

According to Miwanda, they will listen to all parties involved and find a lasting solution to the dispute. He condemns the students for resorting to violence instead of using peaceful means to air out their concerns. The embattled head teacher has denied all the allegations leveled against him by the students but declined to comment further, saying the matter is under police investigations. 

Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander has stepped up police deployment in the school to stop any further chaos.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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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.