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Students of Malera Secondary School in Bukedea District have gone on strike, protesting the school’s alleged failure to provide them mock exams in time.

The candidate students went rowdy yesterday demanding that Mr Francis Ekitwe, the examination master, provides the examinations or refund the exam fees. Mr Ekitwe is said to have reportedly gone into hiding as the rowdy students hunted for him, prompting the head teacher, Mr David Obela, to call in the police to restore calm.

Candidate students told the Daily Monitor that they need to sit for the mock exams in time so that they can start preparing for the national examinations.

“We did not want to beat Mr Ekitwe but our intention was to inquire why, despite timely payments, the papers were not forthcoming,” one who preferred anonymity said.They added that if the examinations are carried to the next term, they will affect the preparations for the finals.

Mr David Obela, the head teacher, called for patience from the students, saying it is in the school calendar that mocks will be done soon. Mock examinations are normally done during the Second Term.

Meanwhile, 20 students residing at a hostel being run by Hometek Secondary School have petitioned the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) over poor hygiene and poor meals being offered at the hostel yet they pay Shs210,000 as hostel fees every term. “There is no clean water and the latrines are full, we are scared of contracting typhoid,” the students said.

Mr David Obutei, a UHRC officer at Soroti office, said the students’ grievances are genuine and that the hostel administration should address them. Mr Steven Bunyel, the school head teacher, said they will look into the matters raised by the students.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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