By ROBERT KAMUKAMA
MPIGI, Uganda[SHIFTMEDIA] The video of teachers ordering innocent juveniles to re-do what they were caught doing, a sexual oral act shocked many, but thanks to our investigators the school as well as culprits have been identified.
Detectives working along with the National Children Authority and the ministry of Education officials have identified the school, Vision Academy Nursery and Primary located in Muduuma sub county, Mpigi district whose infant learners were filmed by a teacher doing an oral sex act.
According to Police, when investigators arrived at the school, all teachers had run away, leaving behind only the security guard and the school bursar with about ten pupils, including the two victims who appeared in the widely shared video.
“It is a school with only five classes teaching up to primary three,” the investigator said. “Officers have started taking statements from different learners and the adults found at the scene. We have been able to get the name of one of the teachers who filmed the learners; she has been only identified as teacher Juliet.”
Gerald Katongole, the Mpigi district inspector of schools, indicates that the school operating in some shanty residential house was opened up by a one Mulagira and is not registered by the ministry of Education.
There was a public outburst and uproar regarding the acts of the teachers who were heard in the video recording instruct the pupils to repeat the inappropriate behavior, let alone record and circulate it on social media.
Martin Kasagara Kiiza, the executive director National Children Authority, notes that besides the teachers’ code of conduct, many laws in Uganda bar individuals from exploiting children.
“You cannot record and share pictures or videos of minors like that, it is not allowed in the law; the Children (Amendment) Act of 2016 outlaws this as a form of child exploitation,” Kiiza said, adding that of late many individuals have been seen recording and later sharing videos including children which he says should be stopped before the long arm of the law catches up with them.
Hefty jail terms awaits
With the assenting into law of the Computer Misuse Amended Act, the teachers would face up to 7 years in jail, a fine of shs10 million or both for violating the children’s privacy by recording them and sharing the videos on social media.