St. Marys College Lacor in Amuru district has been closed and at least 18 students arrested after a violent student strike on Saturday night. The students rioted in protest of an impromptu roll-call that was called to identify students who had sneaked out for a night disco across the road. It is alleged that some students jumped over the perimeter wall fence while others escaped through a prefecture they curved onto the perimeter fence.
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.
Thirteen students from Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery have been suspended for leading a violent strike. The students were protesting what they call increased examination fees. The students went on strike last week. The students stoned the new skills laboratory building and smashed glasses.
Rowland Nuwagaba a senior six candidate and team leader says they wanted to set the school dormitories housing over 300 students on fire in revenge to the recent action by school administration for expelling their colleagues without notice.
A History teacher has been remanded to Ndorwa Government Prison for allegedly assaulting a senior four student. The Kabale Secondary School teacher Frank Matabaaro was remanded on Wednesday afternoon by the grade one magistrate's court in Kabale.
The students numbering 37 protested the decision by the college governing council to hike tuition from Ugx 1.3 Million to Ugx 1.9 Million in July this year and a subsequent order to higher diploma students to pay at least 60% of the tuition at the beginning of the semester.
The students also accuse the headmaster of allegedly embezzling money they paid for special meals during this Ramathan. Muslim students paid 30, 000 shillings each for a special diet during holy month of Ramathan. However, the students claim that they are fed on only posho beans and rice.
Students of St. Kizito SSS - Lorengedwat in Nakapiripirit district are on strike protesting poor administration, feeding and ailing health care system in the school. The students even managed to repel an attempt by police to take over the school and calm the situation down.
Edward Kyaligonza, the Nakaseke District Police Commander says they picked up Umar Kambugu, a teacher of biology and chemistry after they received information that he mobilized students to strike to scores with his colleagues, who he accuses of dodging lessons.
Members of Parliament under the Umbrella group of Busoga Parliamentary Group have formed a four member committee as an immediate intervention into the looming strikes and riots in the secondary schools in their region.
Two secondary schools in Bushenyi and Sheema districts have been closed after students went on strike. The schools are Kitagata Secondary School in Sheema district and Comboni Secondary School in Kyamuhunga sub county, Bushenyi district.