A Burundian national was remanded in custody for allegedly aggravated harm to a three and a half-year-old student.
According to CP Enanga Fred, police spokesperson, the CID leadership sent Belly Kirimwimana to court last Friday.
Kirimwimana is a teacher at Ambrosoli International School in Bugolobi, a suburb of Kampala.
Enanga told the press in Kampala that during the months of February and March, Kirimwimana escorted the girl to the toilets, where he could use his fingers to inappropriately sexually assault her.
The victim took the courage and reported the serious fault to his parents.
In some of her words, she indicated that “…and since the professor had bad manners, he will be eaten by a dragon”.
On examination, the girl was found with bruises and signs of inflammation on her private parts.
“We are concerned that more children have been victimized by teacher Belly Kirimwimana, and call on parents and school administrators to try to speak to the children to find out whether they could have been victimized by the suspect or not,” Enanga said while speaking to the press Monday at police headquarters in Naguru.
“We would like to thank the parents for reporting the matter to the police and the school administrators for cooperating with us. It really showed that their first priority was always their students.
He said the teacher had been taken to court and dismissed until May 24, 2022.
“We want to take this opportunity to raise awareness among trusted and often revered professionals of the significant risks that young schoolchildren face during their schooling.”
Police have urged all school owners and administrators to adopt best practices that promote the safety and well-being of children at school.
“They must always comply with the law, reporting all incidents of child sexual abuse, so that no teacher escapes credible allegations of child abuse. Also, thorough background checks are a must to ensure that teachers with poor backgrounds are not hired,” Enanga noted.
He said pupils or school children should never be left alone with a teacher or other staff member in a private room, car or toilet etc.
He said other common forms of child abuse in schools include; the use of inappropriate language, the sexual exploitation of images, prolonged hugs, fondling, inappropriate kisses on the forehead, inappropriate compliments, etc.