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School Strikes: Makobore High school Closed

She explains that Makobore high school students have been staging illegal road blocks, ransacking villages and attacking residents and policemen.
Makobore high school has been closed until next year following plans by students to destroy all school property. The decision to close the school was reached on Saturday following a series of meetings between Rukungiri district authorities and various stakeholders. The meetings were attended by Aida Bitwenda, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner, Charles Ouma and Rev Patrick Tugume, both representatives from North Kigezi Diocese, the management of the school and old boys. The meetings were convened following a series of student strikes at the school. Aida Bitwenda, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner says that they have resolved to close the school until next year because of security concerns.

She explains that Makobore high school students have been staging illegal road blocks, ransacking villages and attacking residents and policemen. It is alleged that the students also raided the neighboring Kinyasano girl’s secondary school dormitory recently but were dispersed by Police. Bitwenda says that police has been deployed at the girl’s school temporarily to avert another attack from the boys. Jotham Kimbugwe, the chairperson board of governors Makobore high school says that they have resolved to transfer both the old teaching and non teaching staff, save for Geoffrey Kapasi, the school head teacher.

Kimbugwe has directed all the old staff to hand over school property by the end of this term to the head teacher. He says that they will also start fresh recruitment of only senior 1 and senior 5 students.

Geoffrey Kapasi, the head teacher Makobore high school says that in the meeting it was resolved to retain only students in candidate classes to allow them to complete their examinations. Stephen Ouma, the Rukungiri Chief Administrative Officer says that the students have become very hostile which has scared away teachers. Residents neighbouring the school have welcomed the decision to close it, saying it will save them from the rowdy students. Isaac Muhereza, a resident of Katerera says that the decision will go a long way to help restore the school to its former Glory. Alban Kiconco, the chairperson of Southern division in Rukungiri municipality says that decision to close the school and give it a fresh start is timely. He explains that Makobore high school, which used to be amongst the top schools in the country is ruins.

Makobore high school was established in 1965 after it was upgraded from a junior to secondary school. A number of prominent people such as Kiiza Besigye, the FDC leader and Jim Muhwezi, the Rujumbura Member of Parliament are old boys of the school. Christopher Ruhunde, the Rukungiri District Police commander says that police will maintain presence in the school until the end of this term.

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