Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni

The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoEs) has condemned last week’s caning of students at Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing, a corporal punishment that caused criticism as the corporal punishment went viral on social media as viewers watched the short video clip of the students receiving canes on their buttocks.

“The Ministry of Education and Sports 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 Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza said in a brief statement on Monday.

Kakooza said the action by tutors was unethical and unprofessional. “As you are well informed, the Ministry of Education and Sport has a policy that prohibits Corporal punishment at all levels of education and sports,” he said.

He said his ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health was handling the case. “A team has been dispatched to the concerned institution to gather more information about the incident,” he said.

Upon receipt of the report from these investigations, he said, the ministry together with Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council would take appropriate measures. “The Public will be informed of the outcome from investigations and reprimand,” he said.

“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,” he said.