Students Torch Deputy Headteachers’ Office over Allegations of Rumour Mongering
St. Gonzaga Secondary, a mixed school located in Kijjukizo in Lyantonde District, Southern-Central Uganda has been closed indefinitely following students’ unrest.
The school’s learning routine was disrupted after male students protested violently leading to the burning of the deputy head teacher’s office.
The learners started striking on Monday morning and blamed the deputy headteacher for spending too much time with female students and rumour-mongering and interacting with the secretly.
“The Deputy Headteacher talks a lot with girls and sometimes invites them to his house. He gets information about which students own phones through these secret interactions and later confiscates them,” said one of the students.
In his defence, the deputy headteacher refuted the allegations saying, “I am a disciplinarian and that is the reason I am paid. Students can say a lot of things but they cannot break my back.”
Following the incident, the school’s management decided to close the school to quell the students’ unrest and prevent any further damage caused by the learners.
“We are going to have a meeting with the parents on Monday, July 4 at the school and the school shall reopen on July 11,” said Ms Joan Nakkunja, the school headteacher.
However, some parents protested the decision to close the school citing concerns over the academic performance of their children.
The government’s authorities urged the school to build a strong student leadership to help detect and stop strikes at the school.
The school is notorious for indiscipline cases by unruly students.
Unease at Keveye Girls
Students attending Keveye Girls High School in Vihiga went on strike recently over increased insecurity.
The affected learners complained of high-handedness by the school’s administration where they claimed to be subjected to corporal punishment and shaving against their wish.
The girls also claimed that a mysterious man had been breaking into the school compound at night but the school management rubbished their concerns.
In the incident girls who were residing in the Kilimanjaro, dormitory started shouting at night claiming that they had seen a man.
The students then started throwing stones before the police came to calm the situation.
The students then left the dormitory section and gathered in the school’s field and others outside their classes.
However, when confirming the incident, Vihiga County Commissioner Ochilo Oyugi said that there is no substantial destruction of school property witnessed.