Corpun file 21699
The New Vision, Kampala, 11 October 2009
Caning pupils resumes in Masaka
By Dismus Buregyeya
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Schools in Masaka have revived the caning of pupils and
students in spite of the government policy against it, the
district secretary for education, Loncoln Tusubira has said.
Tusubira condemned the habit, saying that the district council
did not support it.
He made the remarks during the celebrations of the teachers'
day in Masaka district on October 8.
"We have received complaints. Teachers must not forget that
the act was prohibited by Government and has consequences,"
He warned parents who refuse to provide lunch for pupils, saying
they risked being arrested.
Tusubira said 70% of the parents in Masaka do not understand the
value of educating their children.
"Those who know the value of education will always provide
lunch and other scholastic materials but the majority of our
parents do not understand the benefits of education," he
The Masaka district education officer, Francis Ssekaddu, asked
the Government to respect the demands of the teachers.
"All those important people are what they are because of
teachers and that is why they should not neglect demands for
better standards," he said.
He urged teachers against drinking irresponsibly and dressing
"How will you command respect in the community if you
overdrink and stagger on the roadside," he said.
A lawyer attached to Matovu and Kamugunda company advocates, Dan
Mutebi who was the chief guest warned teachers who defile pupils
saying that they are a disgrace to the profession.
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