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Apac Parent Assaults Teacher For Caning Daughter

Andrew Omuno, the Apac District Inspector of Schools says Okot dragged the teacher out of the classroom and assaulted him as pupils looked on.
Darius Okello, a teacher at Amun Primary School in Apac district is nursing injuries following an attack by a parent. Okello sustained injuries after Ray Okot, the Parents Teachers' Association -PTA vice chairman, stormed the class where he was administering a mathematics test on Monday and assaulted him for allegedly beating up his daughter.

Andrew Omuno, the Apac District Inspector of Schools says Okot dragged the teacher out of the classroom and assaulted him as pupils looked on. According to Omuno, some teachers and pupils intervened to rescue Okello from Okot's wrath.

He explains that after being calmed down, Omuno accused the teacher of administering corporal punishment on his daughter, yet it was prohibited by the Education and Sports Ministry. Omunu says that on investigating the claims, he established that on unspecified date, Okello administered a test to P7 candidates and warned to give two strokes of the cane those who will get below 50 per cent.

According to Omunu, four pupils including Okot's daughter failed to get 50 percent mark, which prompted the teacher to cane them. He explains after the punishment, Okot's daughter ran back home crying and told her father what had happened.

Enraged with the incident, Okot stormed the school and assaulted the teacher accusing him of abusing the standing order issued by the Education Ministry against corporal punishment. Omuno blames the duo for failing to exhibit discipline and professionalism, saying the school board of governors will take appropriate disciplinary measures.

In August 2006, Ministry of Education banned corporal punishments in schools and colleges, citing physical torture and injuries on students. In a three-page circular dated August 7, 2006, the then Director of Education, Dr. John Mbabazi, said the use of the cane or any other form of punishment that could cause injury must stop with immediate effect.

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