Ishaka Adventist hospital and health training institute has defended itself and denied allegations that it has in place a corporal punishment policy of caning its students.
This comes after leakage on social media of three separate videos in which student nurses were seen being caned by the school administrators. Now a statement by the senior hospital administrator, Lydia Komugisha addressed to Ministry of Education confirms that indeed the caning incidences all happened on January 30, 2019. The videos however only emerged this week on Monday.
She says the two female students; Rebecca Mbabazi and Katusiime Atuhaire were caned at the request of their own parents, while the male students were caned for trespassing in the school compound.
Mbabazi was reportedly allocated night duty at the hospital's ward but after 10pm, she disappeared without permission and sneaked into the boys’ dormitory where she spent the night.
She reportedly returned at around 4.45am the next morning and was refused access into the ward by the tutor in charge of placement. Komugisha says Mbabazi was then reported to the principal who suspended her on January 17 and asked her report back with her parents.
On January 30, Mbabazi came back with her mother who was informed of the management's decision to dismiss the student from school. According to Komugisha, Mbabazi’s mother pleaded that she be allowed to discipline the student by caning instead of her being dismissed from the student.
On the second incident, Komugisha says another student, Katusiime Atuhaire escaped and spent a whole week from school. Concerned, the school administrators reportedly called her parents’ to check for her whereabouts. When she finally returned to the school, she was told to go and come back with her father, who also reportedly pleaded with the school for her to be caned.
On the third video where a clinical instructor is seen caning male students, Komugisha says these were caned for trespassing in the school compound. She says the unnamed clinical officer and deputy principal who participated in the caning of the students have been suspended pending further investigations.
Psychologists, she said, have also been identified to counsel and guide the caned students.
On top of poor remuneration and horrid working conditions, our nurses in Uganda are caned. There’s no justification for this kind of treatment. pic.twitter.com/S2bogrg37O— Karamagi Andrew (@karamagi_andrew) February 4, 2019
Same College... Ntungamo Ruhaama pic.twitter.com/IspKaQXkNY— Tayeprotich Samwiiri (@rwakisam) February 4, 2019