Led by their guild president Duncan Azairwe, the students presented a four page document containing their grievances to Saul Rwampororo, the Bushenyi District Education Officer.
Students of Bumbaire Technical Institute in Bushenyi district have staged a demonstration to demand the removal of the principal for alleged corruption and maladministration. The angry students carrying placards led a procession from their institute to Bushenyi district headquarters at Katungu to express their grievances on Monday morning. Led by their guild president Duncan Azairwe, the students presented a four page document containing their grievances to Saul Rwampororo, the Bushenyi District Education Officer.
In their petition, the students accused the administration led by the principal Eddy Turyatemba for making them on triple deckers and failure to light up their study rooms. Azairwe claimed that the Institute received 50million shillings this financial year in form of Capitation grants from the central government for the purchase equipment and materials for practical lessons but nothing was done.
A second year student of Motor vehicle mechanics who declined to be named said that he is left with one semester to complete his course but hasn’t done any practical work due to lack of materials. Sam Ahebwa, a first year student of Electrical Engineering says the principal asked him to pay 300,000 shillings in order to admit him on the Government sponsorship scheme, which he failed to raise and was put on private. Eddy Turyatemba, the principal Bumbaire Technical Institute denies the allegations against him and instead accused one of his deputies for fueling chaos amongst students.
This is the second time students at the institute are raising similar grievances against the principal. In 2013, the students wrote to Bushenyi district administration calling for immediate intervention into the affairs of the school in vain. Bumbaire Technical Institute is government funded. Every year, government sponsors 50 students at the institute.