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Students Cautioned Against Indiscipline, Hooliganism

The warning followed a round of tension during the Arua district post-primary athletics competitions at Barifa Stadium, in Arua, where hundreds of stick-wielding students, engaged police in running battles for two days as they attempted to attack colleagues from rival schools.
Micah Avubieng CLO Arua addressing students at Barifa Stadium on Saturday.

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Secondary school students in the West Nile region have been cautioned against acts of Hooliganism and indiscipline especially during sporting activities.

The warning followed a round of tension during the Arua district post-primary athletics competitions at Barifa Stadium, in Arua, where hundreds of stick-wielding students, engaged police in running battles for two days as they attempted to attack colleagues from rival schools.

Police and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -UPDF soldiers used tear gas and live bullets to tame rowdy students who blocked the roads out of Barifa Stadium with barricades and beat up motorcyclists who were using the roads. In the aftermath, one student leader was detained at Arua Central Police Station.

Arua Community Liason Officer-CLO Micah Avubieng expressed dismay at the involvement of students in fights, acts of hooliganism, indiscipline and acting outside the school regulations.   Avubieng was speaking at the closure of the district athletics competitions on Saturday evening.

//Cue in; Our students are….

Cue out....not go far.//Meanwhile, David Dan Dima, the Headteacher of Vurra SS  said indiscipline in schools has had a negative impact on the image of the district and called for an immediate end to acts of hooliganism if schools and learners are to excel in their endeavours.  

//Cue in; How I wish…

Cue out... sporting activities.//  

Joel Manzu, the chairperson of Arua District Head Teachers’ Association warned heads of schools against allowing students to go astray while in their hands. He further warned that the continuation of such acts of hooliganism could have a negative impact on the education sector and the future of the students.

//Cue in; There some of you...

Cue out.... to stray off."//