Crime & Investigation

Teacher Beats S.4 Student To Coma


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find geneva;”>Witnesses at the school told Chimpreports that the aspiring school prefects were campaigning when Aber decided to hold a placard without permission from the senior woman teacher Susan Akot.

“Immediately, the deputy head teacher thought of that as an act of indiscipline and started beating the girl until she fell into a coma.”

“We saw her fall down as teachers gathered around. After the incident, S4 students wanted to strike but were calmed down by the head teacher,” one of the students told our Chimp Corp.

Contacted, the head teacher of the school, Willy Komakech Olanya, dismissed the statement as hearsay.

“As the Public Relations Officer of the school, I cannot just speak anything on the phone you better come to the school and we talk,” commented the head teacher.

Harsh punishment in schools is against children’s rights.

It should be noted that in 2006, the Ministry of Education and Sports banned corporal punishments in schools.

This followed a campaign by pressure groups against the torturous acts committed by teachers on innocent children.

According to a recent report by ANPPCAN (African Network for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect), despite this ban, children still face the unrelenting wrath of violence in schools perpetuated mostly by teachers.

ANPPCAN serves as a national centre for the prevention and protection against child abuse and neglect, as well as for the promotion of the rights of children in Uganda.

Recently during a press briefing at the organization’s headquarters in Kampala, Mr. Anslem Wandega, Executive Director, ANPPCAN Uganda Chapter said: “The use of violence in disciplining children is more of an egoistic act than a disciplinary issue.”

He noted that the effects of corporal punishment on children are short term as well as long term, immense though sometimes invisible.

“Corporal punishment not only denies a child an ideal environment for education, development and growth, but also psychologically, children suffer trauma, lose confidence and self esteem which in the long run reciprocates in the behaviors of the victims,” said Mr. Wandega.

ANPPCAN has since last year received and handled 247 cases of physical abuse against children in its 10 districts of operation. Statistics from Police also show that 1,775 cases of torture against children were reported to police in 2011.

A report done in 2011 shows that at least 81 percent of primary school going children suffer corporal punishment among other forms of abuse, meted on them by teachers, parents, fellow pupils among others.

The same report shows that in some schools, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Management Committees (SMC) assented to corporal punishment, ‘as long as the canes don’t exceed two’.

Another study Save the Children shows that Uganda still lags behind in addressing corporal punishments which is at 84 percent.


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