Ntungamo: Standard High School set Ablaze, 30 Students Arrested

Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson Samson Kasasira speaking to journalists

Students at standard high school in Ntungamo yesterday broke into a violent strike and burned down two dormitories.

According to the Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, the fire was set by the students in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

These were protesting among others bad food and being forced to wear school uniform at all times.

He said that the protest was led by S.1 and S.3 students who contributed money and bought petrol from Ntungamo town.

The fire completely razed down one dormitory, and spread to another, which was partly saved by the police fire brigade.

Kasasira added that a total of 12 students were injured by the flames and that one was in critical condition at Itojo Hospital.

Students’ belongings including books and clothes were destroyed.

The police spokesperson however, condemned the school administration which he says refused to collaborate with the police to establish the root cause of the strike.

About 30 ring leaders according to Kasasira, were arrested and are detained at Ntungamo CPS and investigations carry on.

He condemned the students’ act and advised them to always use peaceful means to resolve their concerns.

The students may have a good stand as to why they are demonstrating but the action they took was the wrong one; the school might not have worked on its policies of dress code but setting the school ablaze is also not the solution” he said.

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