Angry students led by their guild leaders Geoffrey Mumbere and Barnabas Agaba grabbed a microphone from the principal and attempted to beat him. As a result, police started firing tear gas and live bullets in the air to disperse.
The concerned students say that they were perturbed when Benjamin Turyahikayo, the NTC Principal revealed to them that their money was channeled to pay electricity, water bills, purchasing stationery, and maintenance of the college compound.
The voting which took place today had a hybrid of both physical and online polls. While Engineering and Medicine students were voting physically at the University playground in Kikungiri, the rest of the departments were voting through the AIMS software.
They also accuse the administration of maintaining medical, field placement, utilities, and computer Maintenance and internet fees yet they plan to close by the end of this month and send the students home to embrace to continue with online studies.
Musinguzi explained that the donation is part of the initiative by URA’s Corporate Service Department, which started in 2019 following media reports in 2017 indicating how pupils were struggling to access education services by crossing the lake using canoes.
Pamela Kembabazi, the Rukiga District Senior Probation, and Welfare Officer says that 71 cases were recorded from July 2020 to July 2021. Kembabazi attributes the rising cases to the negligence of parents.
Isaac Atwijukire, the Executive Director of the Kabale based Twinomujuni Children's Home, say that Tumwebaze who was under the case of the organization convinced matrons to allow her to leave the orphanage center in Kirigime, southern division in Kabale Municipality to see her grandmother in Bungongi.
According to Maate, it all started when a fight erupted between the security guards and senior six students over evening preps. The guards were chasing senior six students from their dormitories to classes to revise, which students resisted.
The school director Julius Arineitwe and head teacher, Justus Bataringaya and administrator, Godfrey Asasire reportedly detained Swaleh Junior Mayanja, 13, and Swahaba Selemba, 11, both sons of Swaleh Mayanja after the completion of their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) last month for alleged to clear third term tuition worth Shillings 1.64 million.
Robert Kanyooma, the school headteacher admits that they are stuck, with no money to fuel the two engine canoes, which reqyuire 3.6 million shillings per term to enable the pupils cros African second deepest lake to and from school every day
They argue that the UPE program has suffered setbacks because the people in authority and wealthy parents take their children to private schools and give little or no attention to the progress of government schools under the UPE Program.
The government provides 1,800 Shillings for each student at National Teachers College to cover the basic necessities of students and general maintenance costs each day. But NTC Kabale Principal Benjamin Turyahikayo says the allocation is meaningless given the countrys inflation rate.
Alfred Kabuchu, the Chairperson Kigezi High School Old Students Association-KHOSA, says due to lack of financial capacity, the school has failed to rehabilitate dormitories and lavatories, which are dilapidated.
Political leaders, educationists and parents in Kabale district say that the government, through National Council for Higher Education has failed to force tertiary institutions to stop teaching non-essential courses to students who end up remaining unemployed after studies.
A senior two student told URN on condition of anonymity that students in lower classes descended on their senior four candidates with sticks and clubs as a way of bidding them farewell following the completion their Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE Exams.