MOYO. The students of Metu senior secondary school in Metu sub-county, Moyo district on Monday petitioned the district education officer (DEO), demanding for the immediate transfer of their headteacher.
The students who held a peaceful demonstration by matching to the DEO’s office accused Mr Fred Ojjara of failing to account for entertainment and strike funds.
In their memo, the students claimed that Mr Ojjara failed to repair damages caused on the school blocks during the first term strike yet their parents paid the money charged on each of them for that purpose.
While presenting the grievances on behalf of the students, Isa Izakelle, the Uganda national students’ association (UNSA) Metu SS speaker said besides accountability issues, the headteacher has continued to undermine the views of the students as well as failing to provide enough food for them.
He also noted that without any notice, Mr Ojjara cancelled the students’ visitation day and that he is also known for administering corporal punishment among other issues.
According to Izakelle, a number of interventions were planned through the students’ leadership to address some of the concerns but the views of the students have never been taken into account by Ojjara.
As a result, the students used the opportunity to appeal to Moyo DEO and other relevant authorities to intervene into the mater including the unnecessary dismissal of students and teaching staff of the school by transferring the head teacher to another school.
Mr Felix Abraham, the Moyo senior inspector of schools who received the petition on behalf of the DEO, Mr Michael Mali thanked the students for the peaceful demonstration and later, asked them to go back to the school, promising that their concerns will be addressed.
Similarly, Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district chairman commended the students for exhibiting a high level of discipline while expressing their grievances against the administration of the school.
Anyama, however, warned the students against taking the law into their hands. He said government values life more than anything and urged the students to concentrate on studies in order to become better people in the future.