Pupil loses eye after being caned by teacher
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 13:33
Tororo/Mbale - A teacher in Mbale District is on the run after he reportedly caned a pupil, injuring her eye, which was later removed by doctors.
Mr Jerry Kitsewa, a teacher at Nabuyonga Primary School in Mbale town, is yet to appear before police following the incident on Tuesday evening.
He has also not appeared at the school since then.
Daily Monitor visited the pupil at Benedictine Hospital in the neighbouring Tororo District yesterday, where she was admitted after the incident, and found Sobra Namugga, the P4 pupil, in pain with her right eye bandaged.
Her caretaker, who was in company of an unidentified teacher, however, refused to speak to this newspaper.
Dr Robert Mayeku, who oversaw the operation to remove Namugga’s eye, said: “The girl was brought here from Mbale at 6pm on Tuesday. When we examined her, we discovered that the injury was extensive. The contents of her eyeball had splashed out. The stick that hit her eye, perforated it badly.”
“What was left was an empty sack in the eye. To save her, we had to scoop out what was left and remove the eye. She lost it. She will only retain her left eye,” Dr Mayeku added.
School authorities refused to speak to the Daily Monitor, referring the newspaper to municipality education officials and the police.
However, one of Namugga’s classmates told us: “The teacher came to class and found us making noise. He asked that we keep quiet but Namugga remained talking. He warned her twice and on the third occasion, picked the stick and hit her.”
Chaos immediately followed when the Namugga’s eye began to bleed, several other pupils narrated.
School authorities then rushed her to a nearby clinic and later Mbale Hospital, which advised that she is taken to Benedictine Hospital which has eye specialists.
Mr James Kutosi, the Mbale Municipality spokesperson, confirmed that the school’s head teacher and his deputy had recorded statements with the police.
“The teacher has disappeared and we have insisted that the school authorities furnish us with information about what exactly happened,” Mr Kutosi said.
Sources known to the parents indicated that they had been gagged from reporting the case in return for the school meeting Namugga’s treatment costs.