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Sebei College suspends all S.4 candidates over strike

Kapchorwa, (UG):- A total of 264 Senior Four candidates at Sebei College in Tegeres in eastern Uganda’s Kapchorwa District have been sent home on suspension following a violent strike that destroyed school properties worth millions of shillings.

The incident which occurred on Thursday evening, July 4, 2024, was triggered by the change in the food program at the school which pushed them (the candidates) to come last in the serving routine that day.

According to the head teacher, Mr Johnson Limo, the students are accused of destroying school buildings, windows, and CCTV cameras.

“I regret to inform you that a violent act led by all S.4 learners occurred on Thursday between 6:50 pm-8 pm leading to serious destruction of school buildings. The extent of the damage by the district engineer is being assessed and will be availed later,” Mr Limo said in a suspension letter dated July 5, seen by this website.

He added; “Accordingly, all S.4 learners have been suspended indefinitely with immediate effect following a decision reached at by an emergency meeting between all members of Board of Governors, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), management and district security committee headed by the office of the RDC Kapchorwa.”

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kapchorwa, Mr Martin Sakajja, confirmed that the students were angered by the change in the food serving program and became undisciplined, leading to their suspension.

Preliminary investigations suggest that some teachers may have been involved in the strike.

The police were called in to restore order and eject the students from the school premises. The suspects were arrested and detained at Kapchorwa Central police station but were released on police bond on Saturday evening.

Ms Justin Chebet, a retired teacher, expressed disappointment in the students’ misconduct, especially at a time when they should be focused on their studies.

This is not the first time a strike at the same school results in the suspension of students. In October 2023, over 800 students were sent home over a strike after the school refused to show an English Premier League match.

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