Bishop Kivengere Girls School, Muyebe in Kabale district has banned packed drinks starting with the second term of this academic year.
In the end of term circulars that the school administration sent to parents, it was stated that no student will be allowed to bring packed juices or other drinks.
This, the school says, is meant to address the rising trend of students smuggling alcohol into the school.
Eunice Asimwe Byomuhangi, the school Headmistress says administrators had just discovered that students were packing local gin (waragi) in soft drink bottles.
As such, she said, no student will be allowed to carry in soft drinks, and that those that need them will have to purchase them at the school canteen.
Ugandan laws as well as the Ministry of Education guidelines prohibit persons below 18 years or students from taking alcohol.
Some students who spoke to us from the school however, said the administration’s discussion was arbitrary, as the canteen operators may take advantage and hike the prices of the drinks.
Bishop Kivengere Girls School was founded in 1970s by the first black bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, the late Bishop Festo Kivengere as one way to promote girls’ education in the region.