Gulu University Kitgum Campus strikes

 

Students at Gulu University Kitgum campus over the weekend brought activities at the University to a standstill when they went on a strike following a sit down strike by their lecturers over delayed payment of their allowances.

The first lecturers laid down their tools protesting delayed payment of their allowances by the university.

The sit-down strike started on Wednesday 22nd April by mainly lecturers who part-time at the university.

The lecturers are demanding allowances from last April year to date.

On Saturday the student’s locked up the office of the director Kitgum Campus before peacefully matching to Kitgum central police station demanding that the allowances of their lecturers be paid so that they can teach them.

It only took the intervention of the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Captain Santo Okot Lapolo to quell the situation before talking to the institution’s administrators at the main campus in Gulu notifying them to travel to Kitgum on (Monday) to settle the matter.

Students are aggrieved that with only 2 weeks left to exams, committed lecturers have taught them only twice or thrice.

“It’s difficult to understand why Lecturers allowances have not been remitted yet the students pay tuition to the school administration on time,” one of the students was heard lamenting.

Mr Stephen Komakech, a student says that the Students’ Guild issued a statement: stating that Students should not be denied education.

Princess Winnie Djuggler, another student said, “It is so unfortunate that some students have not been given course works and tests. If the lectures have laid down their tools, yet exams begin on 18th of May, and some of the students have cleared to zero their school balance, then why can’t they pay these lecturers so that we get value for our money that we pay?”

Jimmy Ogena asked Management to revisit its Vision, mission and goals and tailor its actions towards achieving them.

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