Mubarak Michael, the Guild President Hoima Nursing School faults the Principal for the recent resignation of ten tutors. According to Michael, the tutors resigned within a period of four months and have never been replaced, which has affected lectures.
Business came to standstill at Hoima Nursing School in Hoima Municipality this morning following a strike by students calling for the immediate resignation of their Principal, Betty Pacutho Angujero.
The students blocked the school main gate to restrict access. They accused the principal of among other things being behind the resignation of tutors, poor meals, poor academic standards, corruption and above all being a dictator.
Our reporter visited the school premises and found the charged students vowing to grab Angujeru should she appear step on the school compound. They carried play cards with messages directed at the principal.
"Angujeru must resign or else the school be closed,” read one of the placards.
None of the school administrators was present when our reporter visited the school around 11 am. The students said all they want is the principal to leave the school.
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Mubarak Michael, the Guild President Hoima Nursing School faults the Principal for the recent resignation of ten tutors.
According to Michael, the tutors resigned within a period of four months and have never been replaced, which has affected lectures.
He says the general living conditions are at the school are alarming with some students sleeping on empty stomachs.
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Michael Muleddu, a student of Enrolled Nursing wonders why they have gone for the past two months without lessons, saying they are forced to teach themselves.
He says they performed poorly in the recently released Uganda Nurses Examination Board results due to the absence of Tutors and poor administration.
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Sharifa Nassali, a Midwifery student says she has never seen a tutor ever since she stepped at the school.
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The embattled Principal, Angujero told URN on phone that Hoima District Security Committee led by Hoima RDC has taken over management and security at the school, adding that all issues surrounding the school will soon be settled.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson, says as security they are on ground to ensure that peace is restored at the school without destruction of school property.
He says they have summoned the school management for a security meeting to forge away forward and address student’s concerns.
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The District Security Committee was still locked up in a closed-door meeting by the time of filing this story. This isn’t the first time students at Hoima school of Nursing students are protesting over poor administration.
In July 2015, the students staged a strike over examination fees. They protested a decision by the administration to charge them more money for the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery exams.
The students explained that they were supposed to pay Shillings 75,000 as examination fees but the school charged them more.
Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery was started in 2010, as an initiative of Buliisa, Masindi, Kibaale, Kiryandongo and Hoima districts with the objective of training health workers to address the health manpower challenges in the region.