Secondary school head teachers in western Uganda yesterday appealed to government to shut down bars and night clubs neighboring schools as one way of creating a conducive environment for students to focus on studies.
Heads of both government and private schools under their Association Secondary School Head Teachers of Uganda (ASSHU) made the call while meeting at Ntare School in Mbarara to discuss progress of the association.
The Mid-western ASSHU regional chairman Benon Twinomujuni who is also head teacher Mbarara High School said bars and clubs neighboring schools have been a major cause of destruction for students and led many into alcoholism, early sex and drug abuse.
The association proposed that such happening places should be relocated to other places especially in urban areas.
“These children need to settle down and study because such early exposure to such dangerous lifestyles could ruin their future,” he said.
The head teacher Rutooma SS Mr. Eliab K Tumushabe at the same event said that while government works on its controls and measures of fighting drug use, focus should be put first on protecting school children.
Tumushabe also warned some parents against drinking with their children, noting that they ought to provide good examples as family heads.
The meeting attracted head teachers and deputies from the districts of Sheema, Mitooma, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Ibanda, Kiruhura and Rubirizi.
The national head teachers’ association chairman Ms. Nakate Kikomeko revealed during the meeting that the association had acquired 2 acres of land on Kampala- Bombo road to construct new offices.