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Education Ministry Investigating Closure of Gulu Clinical School

Dr Safina Museene, the Commissioner in –charge of Health Education and Training at the Ministry of Education and Sports says a team of officials from the Ministry are in Gulu City to investigate the circumstance leading to the closure of the college and also find an amicable solution.
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The Ministry of Education and Sports has commenced investigations into the closure of Gulu College of Health Sciences. 

The college was closed on Thursday on the directives of the Principal Jean Babalanda following a peaceful demonstration by the students over a new fees structure introduced in May.

According to the new fees structure, private students in the 2nd and 3rd year are to pay shillings 2.5 and 2.2 Million Shillings for the 1st and 2nd semesters respectively from the initial shillings 2 Million Shillings while government-sponsored students are to pay 1.7 million shillings from the initial 1.27 Million Shillings.

Dr Safina Museene, the Commissioner in –charge of Health Education and Training at the Ministry of Education and Sports says a team of officials from the Ministry are in Gulu City to investigate the circumstance leading to the closure of the college and also find an amicable solution.

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Museene says so far they have met the leadership of Gulu City and will also meet the management of the college and other stakeholders.

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Nabirye Shifura Asasira, the Gender Minister at Gulu College of Health Sciences says that the continued closure of the school puts the students at risk of missing their end of semester’s exams.

Asasira added that most of the students are currently in the streets of Gulu City without proper accommodation and food since most of them hail from far away districts.

On Thursday last week before the closure of the school, police had a scuffle with the students and teargas fired in a bid to disperse the angry students. In the scuffle, four students sustained injuries and were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

David Mudong Ongom, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says that the Police Standard Professional Unit is investigating the incident.

According to Mudong, the operation led by Joseph Mumbere, the Acting Gulu District Police Commander lacked command and control.