Kigezi High School Closed

Kigezi High School, one of the oldest schools in Kigezi region has been closed prematurely following a sit down strike by the students.

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Kigezi High School, one of the oldest schools in Kigezi region closed prematurely on Wednesday following a sit down strike by the students.

The students refused to enter classes on Tuesday demanding an explanation from the school headmaster, Erifazi Twinobuhungiro, as to why the school management was giving them poor quality food.

John Nuwagaba, one of the students says that they were being served one meal a day and they found it hard to depend on it.

He says on Tuesday they sat at the headmaster’s office demanding an explanation but he was unable to talk to them.

On Thursday, students were to begin end of term exams but they refused to enter their classes, which prompted the school management committee to intervene in vain.

Uganda Radio Network visited the school yesterday and found the parents taking their children home without doing their exams. According to the school itinerary, it was supposed to close on 12th August 2011.

Twinobuhingiro, the school headmaster escaped narrowly as rowdy students wanted to attack him. Efforts to reach him were futile as his mobile phone was unavailable.

Rev. Ezra Bikangiro, the School board chairman told reporters that the recent teachers’ strike affected the school arrangements for exams. He says that they are still investigating some teachers who could have been behind the students strike.

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URN found teachers seated in the school compound as the students packed their belongings and headed home.

Bikangiro says they intend to punish some of the students who persuaded their colleagues to stage a strike when the school resumes next term.

Police were deployed at the school to monitor the students’ departure.

Kigezi high school is church founded and one of the oldest schools in the region.