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Kasese school closed over student protest

Kilembe secondary school students in a meeting with the authorities

Kilembe secondary school students in a meeting with the authorities

Kilembe senior secondary school in Kasese municipality, western Uganda has been temporarily closed following a student protest.

Last week, the students locked their classes and marched to the office of the resident district commissioner protesting teacher absenteeism. They were advised to go back to school as their leaders engaged with the school administration to find a solution.

However, the learners refused to attend any lessons which compelled security to advise the school administration to temporarily close the school. Nelson Tumushime, the police public relations officer Rwenzori East said the decision to send the students home was aimed at protecting the school property from destruction.

Kasese municipal town clerk Isaiah Tumwesigye who was involved in the first meeting with the students said that the decision was taken after consultation with the security and the school administration. He says they will hold meetings with the school administration to ensure learning resumes in the shortest time possible.

Jonus Muhindo a student at the school says that the teachers have abandoned their responsibilities and this it could affect the performance. He is worried that this closure will further their academic schedule. Efforts to get a comment from the school headteacher Josephine Muhindo remained futile as our reporter was informed that she is out of the district.

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