They also accuse the administration of maintaining medical, field placement, utilities, and computer Maintenance and internet fees yet they plan to close by the end of this month and send the students home to embrace to continue with online studies.
Students of Kabale School of Comprehensive Nursing in
Kabale district are maladministration. The students accuse the administration
led by the principal, Josephine Kigozi Nandilo of being brutal and feeding poor quality meals.
They also accuse the administration of maintaining
medical, field placement, utilities, and computer Maintenance and
internet fees yet they plan to close by the end of this month and send the
students home to embrace to continue with online studies.
According to the fees structure, students pay Shillings
15,000 as medical fees, Shillings, 60,000 for field placement, Shillings 151,200 for
utilities, Shillings 20,000 for Computer
maintenance and internet and Shillings 20,000 for
The students started complaining last week when the
principals issued an internal memo indicating that despite their plans to close
the school at the end of this month, the fees structure will not change. Students
pay Shillings 1.2 million per semester.
Tension increased when management expelled
two students believed to have instigated their colleagues to oppose the
proposals. As a result, students rejected meals and threatened to stage a
violent protest until management considers their concerns. Management alerted police, which deployed plain cloth
officers to monitor the situation.
The guild prime minister, Samuel
Nfitundinda, Brian Nambala and Blessed Owembabazi among other concerned
students, saying they are tired of the administration preparing only posho and beans as opposed to interchanging the
meals with milk,
rice, matooke and beans on every Tuesday and
Matooke, meat, posho and beans
They also accuse the principal of being reacting in
a dictatorial manner by expelling their colleague after the school assembly on
Friday last week when they openly objected to her statements.
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Godfrey Nyakahuma, the Kabale Resident
District Commissioner confirms the impasse between students and school administration,
saying that as security they held a closed-door meeting with the management and
student representative Wednesday to resolve the stalemate.
The meeting involved Kabale District Police Commander,
Abel Ruganza, Kabale District
Internal Security Officer, Reuben Mutabazi, Kabale
municipal principal inspector of schools, Grace Munyambabazi and
school governing council chairperson, Dr. Sophie Namasopo.
Nyakahuma says that they decided to intervene after efforts
by the school management to resolve the matter hit a snag amidst threats by the
students to stage a violent strike.
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He however blames the expelled students for
using foul language and hurling insults at the principal as they objected to
the new arrangements.
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Nandilo declined to comment on the matter.
ButTinah Nakalanzi Nakimela, a representative of the Education and Sports
Ministry on the school governing council, says that maintaining the fees structure is meant to enable the
school to run smoothly.
She also says that the issues raised by the
students are not binding, since the school administration is
implementing the decisions of the ministry of education and sports and
the school governing council, which are mandated to run the school.