NEBBI. Fifty students of Angal secondary school have been suspended following a strike last weekend that saw school properties, worth millions of shillings destroyed.
The students were allegedly protesting against a newly introduced policy that made them to wake up early to read before actual lesions begin.
The school head teacher, Mr Walter Nyeko Otti, said the affected students were against the new policy.
He said the administration had also stopped some of the students who had turned the school premises into a market place by selling snacks at night, which was against the school rules and regulations, something which might have also prompted the strike.
His assumptions were confirmed by one of the suspects who declined to be mentioned for fear of further reprisals who said they felt overloaded by the new policies.
“They were telling us to start morning prep at 06:30am and stop at 07:20am which we saw that does not give us enough time to prepare for assembly and starting normal lessons yet they never wanted to listen to our views” He said.
According to the vice chairperson board of governors, Ms Ida Fuambe, each suspended student will be required to report back with the parent and vetting will be done.
This is the second strike after that of 2015 when school properties worth millions of shillings were also destroyed.
The incident has however undermined efforts by Uganda Human Rights Commission-Arua Office and Life Concern (a local NGO operating in Nebbi and Zombo) which have been engaging students to abandon ideas of strike but seek for peaceful solutions to their grievances.
In 2012 during second term, there were 15 strikes from different schools across West Nile region. Causes of these strikes were all linked to poor administration, poor student-teacher relationship, and demand to have social amenities like Television and discos at school.