Education Ministry Probes Incident in Which Student ‘Died of Corporal Punishment’


The Ministry of Education and Sports has condemned the incident in which an 18-year-old student in Mbale district reportedly died due to corporal punishment, saying an investigation into the matter has begun.

An article carried by Daily Monitor stated that Denis Wadeba, a Senior Three student of Nyondo Secondary School passed on at St. Theresa Nyondo Health Center III, after allegedly being caned by his school teacher.

He was reportedly punished for failing to do her assignment.

The Elgon regional Police Spokesperson, Robert Tukei is quoted as having confirmed the death but said he was yet get more details.

“The information I have indicate that a student was beaten to death by the teacher and his body has been taken for postmortem but I am still waiting for more details,” he said.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education has condemned acts of corporal punishment and says it has commenced investigations into the matter.

“We have learnt of the death of an 18 year old Senior Three student,Denis Wadeba of Nyondo Secondary School,who passed on at St. Theresa Nyondo Health Center III,after allegedly being caned by his school teacher,” the statement read in part.

“Ministry of Education and Sports strictly condemns this act and therefore reminds Headteachers and teachers in schools that corporal punishment is illegal! Investigation on this unsoundnews is going to happen right to the last detail”.

The Ministry also expressed condolences to the berieved family of the late Denis Wadeba.

The Ministry of Education has in the recent past maintained a stance that discourages corporal punishments in schools, a policy supported by rights campaigners.

Last month, an incident in which two students of Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing and Midwifery, in Bushenyi district were punished (with lashes) resulted into the suspension of the senior staff.

Video clips of students being mercilessly whipped by some two people had gone viral on social media in January.

The case prompted the Ministry of Education to dispatch a team to the institution in Bushenyi to gather more information about the incident. The Ministry said at the time that appropriate measures would be taken.

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