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Bukalasa Agricultural College Students Resume Studies After Strike

More than 1800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen, staged a strike on Tuesday last week, protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college.

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Bukalasa Agricultural College students, in Luweero district, have finally returned to classes for studies after a week-long strike.

More than 1800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen, staged a strike on Tuesday last week, protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college. 

Police responded by firing teargas and arrested the Guild President, alongside five other students to end the strike in vain. Since then, the students had refused to enter in classes insisting that issues must be addressed and their representatives released unconditionally.

On Monday, the students returned to classes and agreed to study as their grievances are handled. The Principal of Bukalasa Agricultural College Gelvan Kisolo Lule says the Guild representatives have been released and allowed to resume studies normally.

Kisolo explains that the genuine grievances which led to strike are being handled by the administration.

He, however, notes that some of the complaints which include high tuition will be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries for consideration.

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The Guild President Ernest Ayen confirmed that students have resolved to return to classes but cautioned that they will resume the strike if their grievances are not resolved within the agreed period.

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Other students led by Sam Musaazi say that they returned to class after the administration expressed commitment to addressing their grievances.

The situation is calm and Police has since withdrawn its officers that were deployed to avert riot during the week-long strike.

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