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Teacher almost kills 12 year old boy over 'love affair with girl'

By Silah Koskei | March 23rd 2016

A schoolboy is nursing injuries after he was caned by a teacher over claims that he was in a relationship with a girl.

The 12-year-old Standard Seven pupil has injuries to the neck, back and leg following last Wednesday's incident at Joymax Academy.

The boy's father discovered that he was injured when he visited the school on Sunday afternoon.

"It has always been a routine for us to visit him in school because he is a boarder but what struck me were the neck marks and his frail condition," he said.

Upon interrogation, the boy told him that he was caned by David Webwe, the dormitory teacher, with a cable wire on allegations that he has was having an affair with a Standard Eight pupil.

"My son is honest. He has been telling us of a girl who has been sending him letters claiming to love him, and he has been reporting the matter to the administration," he said.

He added: "I was shocked to see deep marks on my son's body. I quickly demanded to see the principal to question why they hidden the ordeal from me."

The principal, Hylum Inambutsi, told the boy's father that his son was injured by a table in the office as he was being interrogated by the teacher over the alleged relationship and that he had already been treated.

The father has already recorded a statement at Baharini Police Station and filled a P3 form.

The boy's mother said the teacher went against the law by caning the boy as corporal punishment is banned in schools.

She wondered why the school did not inform them about their son's injuries, if indeed it is true he sustained them accidentally as alleged by the teachers. "The Government should take action against the institution because we are aware this is not the first case. Last year, another student was caned until he became unconscious," she said.

The head teacher also alleged that the pupil and two others were found with pornographic materials, which prompted the teacher to take action.

Mr Inambutsi however, insisted that the teacher did not cane the pupil.

"He was not caned but only got injured by a table. We were planning to inform the parents about the son's accident this week," he said.

On being questioned Mr Webwe admitted that he indeed caned the pupil with a wire but insisted that the marks on his neck and hand were caused by a table.

The Kiswahili teacher said that the pupil was involved in a relationship, adding that he previously questioned him over the issue. "The pupil did not admit even after we investigated and found out that he was having relationships with two girls in Standard Eight. Another teacher also raised the alarm, saying the relationships had not stopped. I caned him because he refused to admit his mistake," he said.

He added: "The boy has been claiming that the girl in question has been sending him love messages and as a result both were punished."

Early this month, a Form Four student at Simotwo High School was admitted to hospital after he was beaten by teachers. The boy, Anill Kimeli, said 17 other students were injured after two teachers told their class to parade in the scorching sun for over 30 minutes and then caned them with cypress twigs.

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