Government, through the Ministry of Education and Sports is set to investigate Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing following several video clips showing two staff members caning nursing students.
Earlier this month, a video clip emerged on various social media platforms, showing the institution’s deputy principal Joab Lutakoba and a clinical instructor caning three students; Edison Nabaasa, Rebecca Mbabazi, and Rogers Kale for missing their assignments and trace passing.
But last week, the administration of institution based in Bushenyi apologized for the corporal punishment meted out to three students and also suspended the deputy principal and clinical instructor who participated in the caning pending further investigations.
Then, a statement by the senior administrator of this institute Lydia Komugisha distanced the action of the two staff members from the policies of the institution.
“The hospital and its health training institution would like to categorically disassociate ourselves from the conduct of our staffs. We deeply regret the embarrassment the pictures trending on social media o God, public, parents, students and dignity of humanity. We would like to state that our school doesn’t condone corporal punishment and neither is it institutionalized. We have rules and regulations of which canning is not part. It unfortunate that these rules and regulations were not followed by the staffs.”
On Monday at the Media Centre in Kampala,
Safina Musana, a commissioner from the ministry of education and sports condemned the manner in which the students were handled.
“I want the public to know the Ministry of Education and sports condemns totally this unethical action. As you all know that we have a policy which forbids corporal punishment at all levels of education and sport,” said Musana.
The condemnation and investigation follows public pressure.
“I want to confirm to the public our ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health are handling this case. So far a team has been dispatched to the concerned institution to gather more information about the incident,” she added.