- Strikes affect performance of students in examinations and leads to destruction of school property
- Some of the strikes are perpetrated by disgranted students and teachers who incite students to rise against administration due to selfish interests
- UHRC has helped to establish Clubs in schools to offer guidance and counselling opportunities across the region
By Aligo Peter
Koboko. Ugandan Human Rights Commission Secretary, Patrick Mabiiho Nyakaana, has warned students against causing strikes in schools.
Speaking to students in Koboko town, Nyakaana said in most cases strikes have resulted into mob actions, destruction of school property that end bringing up burden to the parents. He asks the students to preach peace while at school.
“Strikes are not a good way of solving problems at schools. Preach peace and desist from any strikes because it will be your parents to shoulder the burden of paying back the destroyed property,” he said.
Policemen patrol Mvara secondary school in Arua during a strike. Photo by Felix.
Recently, students of St Charles Lwanga have been engaging in strikes, a factor that has been attributed to the decline in performance. The deputy District Education Officer, Rose Candiru, called upon the student leaders, patrons and matrons to practice fairness, accountability, transparency, tolerance and trust so as to attain peace in schools.
Harriet Kajobe, the regional Human Rights Officer Arua regional office says some of the common Human Rights abuses in the schools include, discrimination, sexual harassment, early pregnancy, Child abuse among others. “Report any of the abuses to the relevant authorities but perform your duties as you demand for your rights,” Ms Harriet added.
Isaac Edema the patron of Nyai Secondary School Human Rights and Peace Club says, the club has helped the School in addressing critical issues that would at times bring insecurity at the school. “If all the schools in Koboko and beyond would have this club in their schools, it would improve the crude and violent ways of the students in addressing their grievances,” he said.