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Students cane, rape teachers

09 October 2014, 15:18 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ministry of Education officials and parents in Uganda are puzzled over a new development in the country where instead of teachers caning students who misbehave, it is the students who make their teachers lie down and severely cane them.

Apart from caning the teachers, female students have reportedly been raped by big boys.

This is mostly happening in Kasese district, 400 kms south west of Kampala.

''Ironically, it is happening in Primary Schools where pupils are expected to be still well behaved because they are mostly minors,'' said Stella Nkuhuze, a local leader in Kasese.

In some schools, teachers have downed their tools saying they are tired of being beaten and raped.

One such school is Nyakatonzi Primary School in Kasese district where the headmaster and teachers have gone on strike and stopped teaching because students especially those in primary 5, 6 and 7 have caned several of them. They also attempted to rape a female teacher.

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The headmaster of the school, Benjamin Mukirane said, ''Our pupils do not want to be punished for any wrong-doing and if we attempt to do so, they wait for us on our way home and severely beat us.''

He said that recently after punishing some Primary 7 pupils who had not performed well in mock exams, he was waylaid by a group of students and beaten seriously.

A female teacher in the same school, Juliet Kabugho said, ''Recently on my way home, I was ambushed by some of my male students who attempted to rape me. I sounded an alarm and some villagers came to my rescue.''

Area Councillor, Richard Kiiza said they are soon to hold a special session at the district council to discuss how they can stop students from beating their teachers and raping female teachers.

Kiiza said, ''Students cannot disrupt education in the district because of misbehaviour. We are to meet soon and come up with a solution.''

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