Two Lubiri High School teachers charged
In its recommendation, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has recommended that Lubiri High School immediately suspend students who engaged in indecent behavior or uploaded misconduct videos. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has recommended to Lubiri High School, the immediate suspension of students who participated in indecent behaviour and those who recorded and posted the misconduct videos on social media. 

The directive comes after the investigations team earlier instituted inquiries into acts of indecent practice, exhibited by students of Lubiri High School, in a bus while returning from a field trip in Jinja, on 10.06.2022. 

Their actions were known to the public through video footage which went viral.

Following legal guidance from the DPP, it was established that there was a lack of enough supervision by the teachers during the field trip. 

As a result, the Police clarifies that this has been done to act as a lesson to other students in school, to behave in a more responsible manner. 

Lubiri High School teachers charged
Two Lubiri High School teachers charged with neglect to prevent a felony while students face suspension.

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, upon their return to school, they will be counselled by probation officers in charge of the area, on appropriate behaviour and how to refocus their attention on learning.

Enanga however, mentioned that the bus which holds a sitting capacity of 67 people was ferrying 73 students at the time with only two teachers assigned to supervise and monitor their activities.

“Although, the driver did not solicit the number of students, which is excusable, it was not appropriate for the school to assign only two teachers, who failed to properly supervise the bus activities,” Enanga said.

“All teachers charged with the duty of superetending students in school, must exercise reasonable supervision over them and the attendant circumstances. In this instance, instead of warning the students, they left them to behave in an egregious and unsafe manner.”

He explained that it is against this background that two teachers including Mr Joseph Nsubuga and Ms Lydia Nabakka, are being charged with neglect to prevent a felony, C/S 389 of the Penal Code.

In addition, he said to the school administrators, the acts above exposed the students to danger, which calls for further vigilance. 

“Remember when parents bring their children to school, it is a duty of the school management to take care of their children and ensure they are safe,” Enanga added.

He, however, urged all schools, to take all necessary steps to ensure robust and reliable systems for preventing, and reporting indiscipline, abuse, neglect of students and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders, especially parents and guardians.

Enanga said the police strongly condemn all acts of lawlessness, indiscipline and inappropriate behaviour in schools due to their negative impact on the students, parents and teachers. 

“We will therefore, continue to hold persons who expose students to danger accountable,” Enanga raised further.