There is growing concern amongst teachers at Nabuyonga primary school in Mbale Municipality over the proliferation of pornographic content amongst pupils at the school.
Jackson Robert Wangui, the head teacher Nabuyonga primary school says they have confiscated more than ten pornography movies from pupils in the school this term alone.
He says some of the victims most of whom are primary three and four pupils were found watching pornography in the toilet.
Wangui says they confiscated some of the gadgets used by the pupils such as mobile phones and cameras adding that, the trend is worrying. He says that some of the pupils confided in them saying they stole the pornographic material from their parents’ bedroom.
Wangui wonders why parents would watch such materials and worse still leave it within the reach of minors.
Wangui advises parents to take full responsibility of their family discipline and endeavor to check the school bags of their children to avoid such errant behavior. He says the school has resolved not to suspend the victims but rather continue talking to them hopping they will change.
The issue has drawn the attention of the school management committee, which demanding the arrest of the implicated parents. Nelson Kutosi, the chairperson Nabuyong primary school management committee says much as the victims should be blamed for their act, their parents should be held responsible for this.
He argues that the responsibility of bringing up children lies squarely with parents.
However, the school PTA chairperson Yahaya Guti downplays the worries. He notes that like any other school within the urban center, these children are exposed to many good and bad things.
He however says the school will intervene and summon the parents of the victims so as to chat a way forward.
Nabuyonga primary school join the list of several other schools in Mbale, which are under government’s watch over cases of pornography and homosexuality. Last year, government expressed deep concern after several cases of sodomy involving pupils at North primary school in Mbale municipality were reported.
Fr. Simon Peter Lokodo, the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity revealed that government was worried that such cases have been going on in Mbale for sometimes without being noticed. It came after police picked up Fred Wanasolo, a librarian at North Road Primary school for allegedly sodomizing more than 60 pupils of the school.
He was charged with indecent assault of minors and remanded to Maluku Central Government Prison in Mbale. The Anti-Pornography Act 2014 outlaws anything that shows sexual parts of a person such as breasts, thighs, buttocks or any erotic behavior intended to cause sexual excitement or any indecent act or behavior tending to corrupt morals, among other things.