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Tororo Town College Closed Over Strike

Tororo Town College in Tororo Municipality was on Thursday indefinitely following a violent student strike. The school administration took the decision on Thursday morning after students turned rowdy and pelted stones at the school building destroying school property.
Tororo Town College in Tororo Municipality was on Thursday indefinitely following a violent student strike.

The school administration took the decision on Thursday morning after students turned rowdy and pelted stones at the school building destroying school property.

George Mukulo, the school head teacher said police was called in to quell the riot and they intervened before the students caused much destruction.

He said he has failed to understand why the students turned rowdy even after agreeing with them in a meeting on Sunday after they sensed that the students were disgruntled over unclear reasons.

He said that during a meeting on Tuesday, the administration asked student leaders to write a memorandum clearly indicating their grievances, but that they failed to produce the memorandum.

He said they were left with no option but to close the school after receiving several threats from students who want to cause more destruction to the school property.

Mukulo stressed that the issues that cause strikes in schools are always related to bad food, poor administration and lack of teaching, things he said have never featured amongst the complaints that students raised.

John Onyango, the school director, blamed the protest on what he called external influence by students from other schools in the district where violent strikes have been witnessed.

The students, who talked to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized, blamed the administration for involving them in too much academic activity and denying them entertainment, games and sports, which they said was not giving them chance to relax their brains and expose their talents.

Yonah Gamusi Doya, the Tororo District Education Officer, said he was not aware of the closure of the school but condemned the alleged practices of denying the students time for co-curricular activities. He said the practice is against the Ministry of Education and Sports’ policy adding that the claim will be investigated.

Michael Odongo, the Bukedi Regional Police Spokesperson, said police will remain deployed at the school as long as it takes the administration to settle the matter with the students.

This is the 2nd school in Tororo to be closed because of students strike in just over a week after St. Peter’s College Tororo was closed a week ago.

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