in the Kampala Metropolitan area were thrown into panic following city
riots that broke out on Wednesday and continued in some part on
The riots broke out in several
parts of the country after National Unity Platform - NUP presidential
candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was arrested in Luuka district
while on his campaign trail.
in Kampala are in panic and some have resorted to letting their
finalists leave early to avoid getting caught up in the chaos.
Kabojja Junior School located in Kololo, parents were asked to pick up
their children at midday given the fact that everybody was deserting the
city too earlier than usual. The situation was no different at Kitante
Hill School. Catherine Onen, the Kitante Hill School headteacher says
they were forced to close early worrying about the consequences of
"We didn’t want our children to be
caught up in the chaos only for parents to blame us. It's a hard
decision to make because if they were caught up in the riot, parents
would ask us why we released them early. If we released them at the
normal time, they might still be caught up in the riot,” Onen told
Uganda Radio Network.
Richard Abura, the deputy
headteacher of Nakasero primary school said they were forced to release
pupils before the normal time. Abura, however, adds that the turn-up on
Thursday was very low with over half of the learners failing to report
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around Gayaza Road, Mulago, and Kalerwe areas have not had it easy on
Wednesday and Thursday as the teaching-learning process was disrupted by
the protests. Hassan Gombe, the headteacher Mulago High School
notes that they had to stop teaching but they couldn’t let the students
go home. “Sending them home would land them in trouble. Some of them are
politically active and might be attracted to the protests,” he added.
some schools panicked, others seemed to handle the situation rather
calmly. At Kitante Primary School, it was business as usual. Bernard
Egesa, the deputy headteacher at the school says that learning will
continue. He says there is no reason to panic since school children are
rarely affected when it comes to chaos.
we didn't get any news of our children being involved in the chaos and
so today we hoped for the same. The children left school at the normal
time. Children have no business being tear-gassed," said Egesa on
Edward Kanoonya, the headteacher of Kololo
Secondary School says the only thing they can do is caution the children
on the current unrest and give them tips on how to keep safe while
going back to their respective homes or even if they are caught up in a
similar situation when they are coming to school.
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Muhammad Sserugo, the director of Kinaawa High Kawempe, notes that the
riots have psychologically impacted on the learners and also affected
them interms of covering the syllabus in a given period.