Kasese Youth Polytechnic Closed Over Students Strike

Students of the technical institute at Rukoki in Kasese town went on rampage on Monday night and started destroying window panes of some class rooms and broke some furniture of the institution

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Kasese Youth Polytechnic has temporarily been closed following a student’s strike.

Students of the technical institute at Rukoki in Kasese town went on rampage on Monday and destroyed window panes of some classrooms and broke some furniture of the institution.

According to the Kasese Divisional Police Commander, Dickens Okello, the students also slaughtered and cooked eight goats belonging to the institution’s principal and arrested the security guards.

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Okello said the meeting convened by the district authorities and the district security committee resolved that the institution be closed to avoid further destruction of the items at the institute.

He added that the security agency is duty-bound to protect people and property from further destruction from the rowdy students.

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The students who had written placards accused the principal of maladministration and corruption at the polytechnic. They also accused him of poor sanitation and lack of practical lessons especially to students undertaking studies in motor vehicle mechanics.

But the principal, Serapio Owokunda, denied the accusations and instead attributed the strike to clandestine mobilization from some members of staff and the institute's board members who wish away from the school.

Emmy Kayiri the principal inspector of school in Kasese municipality said the temporary closure of the institution will enable the authorities to investigate the series of accusations against the management of the polytechnic.

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Kasese Youth Polytechnic will be reopened to students on Monday 7, October 2019. 

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