Corpun file 21671
The New Vision, Kampala, 14 September 2009
Masaka councillor canes pupils
By Ali Mambule
Sansa canes pupils at Balimanyantya
MASAKA district finance secretary Eddie Sansa on Thursday
caned pupils of Balimanyantya Primary School for delaying to
report to school.
While on an inspection tour of the Universal Primary Education
(UPE) schools and health centres in Lwengo sub-county, Sansa was
shocked to find that many schools had not yet opened up for the
third term which started on September 7.
In Balimanyantya near Kyetume trading centre on the
Masaka-Mbarara highway, all classes, apart from P7, had not
Even in P7, only 23 pupils out of 65 who registered for the final
examinations had reported.
"Even the teachers are not here. Is it the administration
that instructed pupils not to report to school?" Sansa asked
Vincent Byarugaba, the only teacher present.
"How do you expect to compete with pupils in Kampala schools
where lessons start on the first day of a term?"
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Six P7 girls dressed in plain clothes and clutching their books
in their armpits arrived at school at about 11:00am while Sansa
was grilling their class teacher about the poor turn up of
"Where have you been and what have you been doing?"
Sansa asked the girls before he ordered them to lie down. He gave
them 10 strokes of the cane each and instructed them to return to
their homes and prepare for Friday lessons.
Sansa asked the deputy headteacher, Mary Nakaayi, to write a
report to the district education officer, explaining the absence
of the pupils and their teachers.
He directed her to copy the letter to the county education
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