More than 400 students of Anyavu secondary school in Arua district have been sent home following a violent strike at the school. The students rampaged on Wednesday afternoon and vandalized school property worth millions of shillings. The damaged properties include the newly built administration block, laboratory, student’s dormitories and staff houses.
The students went on strike accusing Anthony Oryema, the school head teacher of refusing to dismiss a student suspected of being a night dancer. As a result of the strike, Oryema fled the school leaving his deputy Godfrey Yiki to calm down the situation. Yiki says that in addition to the claims of witchcraft, the students want Oryema out of the school on the grounds of corruption. Recently, Oryem was involved in a scandal after he withdrew 16 million shillings from the school accounts and claimed that it was stolen.
Yiki says that a meeting convened by the school board of directors and parents this morning resolved to close the close, and reopen on Tuesday next week. He says that they also agreed that each student reports with his parent or guardian. Yovan Adriko, the LC 3 chairperson of Logiri Sub County who rushed to the school to quell down the strike says the situation is under control. He condemned the action of the students.
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Nicholas Tembo, the Arua District Education Officer blames the strike on the negligence by the school administration. Tembo explains the need by the school administration to work closer with student representative to handle such problems before they move out of hand.