St Charles Lwanga College Koboko closed over strike

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By PETER ALIGO

Students of St Charles Lwanga College Koboko were on Wednesday afternoon sent home following an alleged attempt to strike over what they said was maladministration by the school’s head teacher Mr Nicholas Odeba.
The decision to close the school followed an incident on the fateful day when the students started converging in groups as they shouted “corruption” demanding the resignation of the head teacher and his two deputies.

The students alleged that the food rations given to them had been reduced adding that the compound had become bushy and dirty on top of poor remuneration of their teachers despite them paying fees promptly.
They also claimed that the support staff had missed their salaries and that the school had failed to renovate the old structures at the school. The students smashed the sinks in the staff toilet and broke the windows of the head teacher ‘s office and that of the school bursar’s.

But Mr Odeba denies the allegations instead attributing it to strict disciplinary and administrative measures the school recently introduced to improve academic performance of the school.
“The strike arose from one of the Senior Three low achieving stream who did not want to be monitored during prep hours. Other issues like remuneration of the staff and other auxiliary staff to a certain extent have not been met because of financial crisis in the school,” Mr Odeba stated.

Mr Boniface Chandiga, the vice chairperson board of governors described the situation as “sad news” saying that they decided to send the students home because they were rowdy.
Mr Brian Ampaire the district police commander Koboko said they deployed in the school immediately to avoid destruction of school property.

He warned the students against causing strikes in schools saying the law would catch up with anyone involved. No student was however arrested in connection with the strike.
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