- The students destroyed the windows, doors after Shs 2.6 billion was used in rebuilding the school
- Strike are viewed as an old-fashioned way of solving problems
- The students also burnt down a grass thatched house belonging to a teacher in the school
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo- Metu Secondary school is closed after a strike.
The reasons for the strike, according to the school administrators remain unclear. The strike that has left the Shs 2.6 billion that was used to rebuild the school into waste.
Odira Fred, the Head Teacher of the school said it was disappointing for the students to become indiscipline by destroying the buildings where huge sum of money was spent to rebuild the school.
“This is high level of indiscipline. As a result, teachers may not have courage to teach students and give them knowledge. How it is very disappointing that we had to reach the decision to close the school indefinitely because the teachers are still scared,” he said.
Williams Anyama, the Moyo district Chairman said no reason can be used to justify the strike by the students. He said if there were grievances, it could have been solved using dialogue.
“The glory of Metu secondary School has gone away because students used to come far from Kampala purposely to study but as of now it has turned vice-versa. In other parts of Uganda, people do not have time to waste on strikes because people are working hard for a great future.”
Michael Mali, the District Education Officer said: “It is a shame that Metu Secondary School is among 42 government aided secondary schools that benefited infrastructure rehabilitation project which ends up being destroyed. There are over 750 secondary schools in Uganda but government choice only 42 schools in the first phase and Metu secondary School happens to be one of them whereby Shs 2.6 billion was invested.”
No student has been arrested in connection to the destruction yet. Asusi Sam, the Councilor for Metu Sub-county confirmed that destruction done by the students were massive.
“There were no early signs of strike in the school because the students went back from sports competition yesterday. But after they had supper, they started throwing stones on the buildings and smashed most of the window glasses,” he said.
The students burnt down three grass thatched houses belonging to one of the staffs. They also destroyed the water supply system.
William Komakech, the Moyo District Resident Commissioner said: “We have constituted committee to evaluate the cost of damages as the school management meeting is scheduled on Thursday at 10:00am and it will decide what to do and when to call for parents meeting.”