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Bushenyi College Reopens After Strike

Uganda Technical College Bushenyi will re-open on Saturday, two weeks after it was closed following a students’ strike.
Uganda Technical College Bushenyi will re-open on Saturday, two weeks after it was closed following a students’ strike.

 

The college principle Silver Mukwasibwe said first year students will report to the school between 800AM and 500PM. The second year students will however report back to the college in February next year.

 

The students went on strike twice demanding better food and improved sanitary conditions among others.

 

Mukwasibwe told a URN reporter at the college on Thursday that students first refused lectures and were calmed down by the resident district commissioner who instituted a committee led by Bushenyi district internal security officer, Obadiah Tumusiime.

 

Barely a week after the incident, students forcefully demanded for the release of the report which Mukwasibwe said was not ready at the time. Management sat and resolved to close the college.

 

The report was released to the governing council on Monday and there after the council resolved to re-open the college in two phases.

 

Mukwasibwe noted that immediately after the first year students arrive at the college, they will sit for national examinations from the newly created Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB).

 

He said that some students who were implicated would be disciplined and none would be expelled. He added that one senior lecturer was incriminated by the report and still would not be fired but as well would be disciplined.

 

The chairperson of the governing council, the highest board at the college who is also the minister of information and National guidance Mary Karooro Okurut revealed to the media that the probe report was discussed and major issues solved.

 

The strike at UTC Bushenyi followed another at the sister institution UTC Kichwamba in Kabarole district on October 10th, in which students destroyed school property forcing management to close the institution for two weeks.

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