Students of Nyamitanga Secondary School in Mbarara Municipality yesterday held a peaceful demonstration at the school, search http://cmd-kenya.org/plugins/content/lightgallery/lightgallery.php in solidarity with the school’s academic and non-teaching staff who have not been paid for several months.
This started when the PTA committee sat down and decided to send students home after the teachers and cooks put down their tools demanding for their pay on Monday.
When the head teacher Hakim Rugasa informed the students that they were going home, more about these organized themselves into a peaceful protest.
The demonstration however turned violent when students refused to leave school saying that they are nearing their exams.
It took the intervention of anti-riot police which shot in the air to disperse the students that were turning rowdy and calling for Rugasa’s resignation.
The angry students while brandishing placards matched to the RDC’s seeking his intervention in the matter but found it closed.
It is alleged that Hakim owns a private school in Biharwe called Rugasa Secondary School where the teachers, non teaching staff and students believe he has been diverting the school’s resources to.
Asked about the matter, the headmaster denied all the allegations accusing the staff, non teaching staff and students of trying to fail him.
He said the resolution of sending away students back home was raised by the PTA committee which runs the school but not him as person.
He said once matters settled they will be recalled for normal studies.
By the time we left school, the antiriot police was still on guard and students had stubbornly refused to leave the school.