By Davis Joel
It has been revealed that the act of teachers defiling pupils and students in Kiboga district are on a rampant increase with officials claiming to be helpless.
This online newspaper has learnt that even parents have instead resorted to negotiating with the culprits , soliciting some financial funds to resolve matters out of court.
This has led to the ongoing school drop out cases in the district hence the reduction in the general education performance in the district.
It is said that parents reaching a consensus of negotiating with culprits, follows claims of reporting cases to relevant authorities but end up not being helped due to serious bureaucratic issues with in these concerned offices.
These acts of teachers defiling pupils are most commonly in Bukomero sub county, Kapeke, Lwamata, Kibiga, and Muwanga, most worse at Kyampisi, Nakwenge and Rushwa villages all in the same district.
Sources revealed that about 8 cases are reported and identified every month where teachers especially male counterparts defile young girls and students, after which they threaten to kill or make them fail their exams incase they report them to relevant authorities.
The medical source on conditions of anonymity told this paper linked the causes to parents of the pupil run to hospitals to seek for medical attention and documents after some months of the act.
Namusiige Teddy, another medical in charge at Muwanga health center III, told this paper that teachers seduce pupils with cheap small prizes, gifts, and other interests to attract their attention and blocking the victims from opening cases against them.
One of the parents we interviewed however blamed medical doctors who he accused of soliciting money to provide them a medical document detailing the effect of the victim.
“We got tired of reporting because even doctors seek Shs30,000 per medical form, and also seek more money for medication as well”, a parent said.
According to Ssalongo Kibwami Nuuhu, the vice chairperson of the district who doubles as the in charge education and children affairs, said that the parents are the leading cause of the defilement cases in the district, because they hide their victimized children at the relevant point.
” When we reach in courts of law to follow up the cases, parents disappears with their children and we end up failing to provide evidence to the judge. Now what should we do as leaders really? ” Ssalong Kibwami questioned
He also noted that such acts are commonly in places with refugee influx where teachers promise young refugee girls with education but end into negative activities.
Noeline Nugwanyi, a policy advocate and a representative of HEPS Uganda in Kibuga district, says such acts have deeply affect the education sector and performance in the district, thus pledging to authorities to double efforts against these acts.