The Education Ministry has condemned what it described as “unprofessional” and “unethical” conduct of a nursing school official caught on camera whipping students.
A video clip showing a student crying helplessly as the tutor caned her at Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing has since gone viral.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Ministry said it “learnt about the unethical behavior that occurred at Ishaka Adventist School of nursing, when a video clip went viral in which students were being caned by the School Authority. The Ministry condemn this unethical /unprofessional action.”
The Ministry further said it has a policy that “prohibits corporal punishment at all levels of education and sports.”
According to the video, despite desperate pleas from the student seeking pardon, the tutor mercilessly continues to inflict pain on her victim.
Human rights activists have since piled pressure on government to investigate the incident and prosecute the culprits.
But conservatives said students need to face such disciplinary action whenever they break school rules.
The Education Ministry said it was collaborating with the Ministry of Health in handling this case.
“A team has been dispatched to the concerned institution to gather more information about the incident. Upon receipt of the report from these investigations, Ministry of Education and Sports together with Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council will take appropriate measures,” said Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza.
He said the public will be informed of the outcome from investigations and reprimand.
“I remind all education institutions and providers of education at all levels to adhere to the content of the circulars number 15/2006 2/2015: ban on corporal punishment in schools and colleges; and ban on all acts of violence against children in schools, institutions and colleges,” warned Kakooza.