12 February 2019 | In an announcement titled “Press Release About the Unprofessional Incident at Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing,” the Ugandan government’s Uganda Media Center condemned the alleged beating of students by staff at the Adventist institution.
The release claims that a video clip of students at the Ishaka-based school being beaten by the “School Authority” had prompted the response from government.
The reports alleges that the Ministry of Education and Sports “condemns this unethical/unprofessional action,” and says that the Ministry of Education and Sport “has a policy that prohibits corporal punishment at all levels of education and sports.”
The ministry is now said to be investigating the case and will “take appropriate measures” in collaboration with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council. The outcome of the report and any potential punishments against the school will be reported publicly.
As a “reminder” to educational institutions in the country, the release cited two Ugandan laws banning corporal punishment in schools.
Ishaka Adventist School of Nursing is part of Ishaka Adventist Hospital (IAH), a 120-bed facility located in the town of Ishaka, Bushenyi District, Western Uganda.
According to the Adventist denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, there were 381,494 Adventists in Uganda as of June 30, 2018.