Three secondary schools in Koboko municipality have been closed indefinitely following clashes among students. The affected are Koboko Public Secondary School, Koboko Parents Secondary School and Nyangilia Secondary School.
The decision to close the school was reached in a meeting involving Koboko District LC 5 Chairperson, Ashraf Mambo, the municipal and security officials. According to police, the clashes started on Monday night after a group of students from Nyangilia SS allegedly attacked their counterparts of Koboko Public SS.
The students of Koboko Public SS fought back and injured one student identified as Noel Aniku, a senior three Student of Nyangilia Secondary School who is battling for his life at Koboko General Hospital. This forced the students of Nyangilia Secondary school to drag the students of Koboko Parents SS to support them against those of Koboko Public SS.
The students used bows, arrows and stones in the clash leading to the destruction of school property like fences and window panes. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, says that three students are in the custody of Koboko central police station in connection to the clashes.
According to Angucia, the clashes between the students of Nyangilia SS and Koboko Public SS resulted from a long-standing feud.
Koboko Municipality Education Officer, Dimba David Kenyi believes it’s time for all the Stakeholders, especially parents to step up their roles.
This is not the first time students in Koboko are clashing. Some of the previous clashes involved the students of St Charles Lwanga College and Koboko Town College, Koboko parents’ secondary school and Koboko public secondary school, Nyangilia secondary school with Koboko public secondary school.