Mbale Head Teacher Arrested For Corporal Punishment.

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Daina Nandaula, the Elgon region Police publicist says the suspect was arrested yesterday morning but declined to divulge details. She however says the suspect will be arraigned in court after investigations are complete.

Police in Mbale has arrested Jerry Kitsewa Othieno, the Deputy Head teacher of Nabuyonga Primary School in Mbale town who has been on the run for beating up a pupil and injuring her eyes.

Othieno is accused of canning and injuring Swabra Namugga, a primary four pupil who eventually lost her eye to the injuries. The incident occurred on 22nd October.
 
It is alleged that on the fateful day, Othieno found pupils making noise in class and asked them to keep quiet. But Namugga remained talking provoking his emotion before he picked a stick and hit her.

Chaos immediately followed when the Namugga’s eye began to bleed.

School authorities then rushed her to a nearby clinic and later to Mbale Hospital, where doctors there advised that she is taken to Benedictine Hospital in Tororo which has eye specialists.

Daina Nandaula, the Elgon region Police publicist says the suspect was arrested yesterday morning but declined to divulge details. She however says the suspect who is being held at Mbale Central Police Station will be arraigned in court after investigations are complete.


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The incident is one among several cases of corporal punishment in schools despite the fact that it was outlawed several years ago.

In June last year, a 12 year old primary five pupil of Makerere Primary School in Kampala and his family battled the school authorities after he lost a tooth to a teacher who subjected him to corporal punishment.

According to African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), physical violence accounts for 81 per cent of children who have been beaten at school despite Ministry of Education’s policy against corporal punishment.

ANPPCAN statistic shows that some other 34 per cent children are denied food for extended periods at a time, 82 per cent are made to do difficult work as a form of punishment while 18 per cent have been locked up in a room.