VIDEO: Committee to investigate schools over sexual harassment, St Lawrence schools first

Sam Ibanda Mugabi

The parliamentary select committee that was instituted to investigate the sexual harassments of students in secondary schools and higher institutions of learning has penned down the target schools to be probed on of the vice.

St Lawrence Schools, Kibuli Senior Secondary schools, and St Mary’s Lugazi are notable targets to the probe committee.

The Parliamentary committee that is chaired by Gomba West legislator Robinah Rwakoojo to investigate the alleged sexual harassments of students in both secondary and higher institutions of learning was instituted as a result of the petition by the National Female Legislator Anna Adeke Ebajju seeking Parliament to investigate the alleged increasing vice.

After engaging with a number of stakeholders at Parliament, the committee now says they have finalized a list of secondary schools and Higher Institutions of learning that the Committee will visit for a fact finding mission.

“Particularly those schools that have been known by the public to be culprits will be our first centres. We want to find out if the public is right about them or not,” Kisa Steven, MP Luuka South said.

“We shall visit these schools effective October 10; In each region we shall sample between 3-6 schools, taking into account primary, secondary and higher institutions. We are going to interface with students who are mainly the victims, then students’ leaders, Matrons and Wardens,” he added.

According to the Uganda human Rights Commission report, sexual harassment has been high in government schools and Institutions at 59.7 compared to the private schools and institutions.

The report also indicates that both male teachers and male students have been the most perpetrators of this vice.

Following the death of St Lawrence schools’ proprietor, Lawrence Mukiibi, a lid was blown open on alleged tricks he used to lure students at the different schools into sexual relationship. At his funeral, several women mostly alumni of his founded schools paraded a litany of children claiming to be his own.

 

 

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