Kisoro district leaders have closed St. Paulâ€™s Secondary School, Mutolere, after students staged a violent strike at the school. More than 1000 students have been sent home. The students staged a strike on Saturday evening after they were reportedly denied a chance to watch a soccer match between Uganda Cranes and Tanzania.
Kisoro district leaders have closed St. Paul’s Secondary School, Mutolere, after students staged a violent strike at the school.
More than 1000 students have been sent home. On Monday morning, they were given five minutes to vacate the school as police took over.
According to Gideon Ahebwa, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, the decision to close the school was reached during a meeting between the district leaders and school administrators.
Since Saturday evening, the students have been demonstrating after they were allegedly denied a chance to watch a soccer match between Uganda Cranes and Tanzania. The standoff also resulted into the suspension of the school council chairperson Denis Turyatemba, a move that appears to have riled the students.
RDC Ahebwa says the students turned their anger against the teachers and the head teacher Amando Nteziyaremye whom they accused of running the school like his family.
Ahebwa further reveals that the police are investigating claims that some teachers who disagree with the head teacher have been inciting students to cause confusion at the school.
Amando Nteziyaremye, the school’s head teacher told URN on phone that the students on Sunday night vandalized two vehicles, one belonging to the head teacher and another one owned by deputy head teacher.
He says the decision to send the students home was reached after learning that they were planning to execute dangerous moves against members of the school administration.
Kisoro district Police commander Bosco Otim says the Police remain camped at the school.
The decision has left many of the students stranded in Kisoro Town Council with some of them without transport money to enable them go home.
According to Moses Hashaka, a resident of Kisoro town , most of the students especially those coming from Rwanda and districts outside Kisoro were camped at Kisoro Mayor’s Gardens saying that they had no money to travel home.