The security personnel are currently manning the school’s main gate and watching over from different corners as students in candidate classes report back from a forced suspension.
A Student waiting at the gate of Blessed Sacrement Kimanya Secondary School, where Police is maintained a week after strike
Anti-riot police have maintained their presence at Blessed Sacrament Kimamya Secondary school in
Masaka city, a week after students attempted to torch the school premises.
personnel are currently manning the school’s main gate and watching over from different
corners as students in candidate classes report back from a forced suspension.
On Sunday last
week, the boarding students turned rowdy and protested the recurrent power blackouts and water supply disruptions, highhandedness of teachers, and poor quality meals among other problems.
After hours of a tense
situation, security was prompted to intervene and accordingly ordered the closure
of the school to contain the situation. Ronald Katende
Kinene, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner, says that they allowed the school to
reopen under tight security to prevent similar eventualities.
He says that
during a crisis meeting between the district security committee, the Board of Governors,
school management, and the education inspectors, they unanimously agreed to have
a phased reopening starting with students in candidate classes to allow them to prepare to seat their mock examinations.
According to Kinene,
the police are deployed to ensure the safety of the school and are under instructions to conduct thorough checking of the returning students to
ensure that they don’t smuggle in any dangerous substances. Katende says the
security presence will be maintained at the school as long as the situation warrants,
arguing that they do want any reoccurrence that may interrupt the school’s
Muwonge, the school Headteacher, says they have composed themselves to resume their
operations as they wait for a comprehensive police investigations report about
According to him,
they will continue counseling the students as they return to class on the
ways of bringing the situation back to full normalcy.
He explains that
after the candidate classes settle in, they will also eventually receive
students in other classes, adding that they don’t have any problems with
security presence at the school. Muwonge however
remains tightlipped on the fate of the fourteen students who were arrested on Monday on
allegations of being the ringleaders of the botched strike.
after the students were suspended the Education Secretary for Masaka
Catholic Diocese; which is the foundation body and Security Committee set
up a special team to probe into the causes of strikes and generate a comprehensive report in two weeks. The committee was instructed to investigate
the conduct of some teachers whom the students accused of harassment.