Residents and college authorities in Sheema were stunned after students erupted in a violent strike on their graduation day.
The students at Taremwa College School in Kabwohe Town Council turned violent in the middle of the graduation ceremony, forcing police to swing into action.
The event started normally on Friday morning, but at around midday, students and some parents became agitated and attacked the Principal’s office, demanding answers as to why the students were not provided with documents to go with to the field, before they can access their transcripts.
The college, with a student population of 240 students teaches courses including nursery teaching, accountancy, and catering, electrical installation among others.
Students said for years they had been asking for provisional result slips to enable them get work outside, but the college remained adamant.
“Why then did you call us for graduation if you knew that you don’t have our certificates?” one of the students shouted.
In defense of the college, Rev Elisam B. Bampata, the chairman board of directors said the students who started the riot were the ones who failed external exams and don’t qualify for certificates.
This angered the students who started breaking chairs and other school property.
Students also chased after the college director Ms. Jenina Tushemereirwe Bampata who narrowly escaped and locked herself up in the bursar’s office till evening.
As the situation worsened, Police came in and seized the Principal only identified as Abaho and detained him at Sheema police station to normalize the situation.
By the time we left the school at around 6:30 pm, some continuing students were demanding their tuition to join other recognized institutions.