CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS have a reputation to live up to, and be assured Ugandan ladettes are not letting the side down.
Pupils at St Maria Gorreti girls' secondary in the west of the country have been sent home after setting fire to three dormitories after a disagreement over boys.
The headteacher said it started after the girls attempted to smuggle in a group of trainee monks from the nearby St Mary's Seminary by dressing them up in girls' uniforms.
"When I learnt of the ruse, I called the police and several trainee priests were arrested," said Ma Rose Mary Kemigisa.
A police spokesman said: "It was difficult to identify the boys from the girls as all had similar uniforms."
Thirty girls were sent home following the incident. Then the remaining miscreants started plotting a strike to protest against the expulsions and arrests. One thing lead to another and, before you know it, the ringleaders had snuck out, bought petrol and set the dormitories alight during a free period.
No pupils were injured but the school will remain closed while police investigate. It is suspected some of the would-be monks helped plan the inferno.