Anyavu Secondary School in Arua District has been closed after a strike by students. The students accused the head teacher, Mr Anthony Oryema, of dismissing four students who had provided unverified information on a student accused of witchcraft.
The students destroyed laboratory equipment, administration blocks and the head teacher’s house. The school and Logiri Sub-county authorities decided to send the students home.
The District Education Officer, Mr Nicholas Tembo, said the school administrators need to change their style of administration to a participatory one. “The strike did not come as a surprise to me because that school has been distant from the DEO’s office so they could not be advised on how to prepare for eventualities. Issues have been brewing in that school,” Mr Tembo said.
He said there was need for head teachers to use student-teachers and parents committees to detect any eventualities. Efforts to get a comment from the head teacher were futile as he did not answer our repeated calls.