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SPOTLIGHT: Primary school on the spot over covering up death of pupil

Pupils of Pic Hill Primary School in Kawempe Division, queue up ahead of the school assembly. The schoo is in the spotlight for allegedly attempting to cover up the death of a pupil in their hands.

KAMPALA – Pic Hill Primary School in Kawempe Division, Kampala, is in the spotlight for allegedly attempting to cover up the death of a pupil in their hands.

Hilda Namubiru, the daughter of Mr Edris Kaddu and Ms Shanita Nakatudde, died last week after the administration claimed she fell from a building.

However, a postmortem confirmed that Namubiru was electrocuted, contrary to what the school claimed.

Mr Kaddu claimed that school administration has refused to explain to them the circumstances under which their daughter died.

Ms Nakatudde said: “I got a call from the school regarding the accident my daughter was involved in. I rushed to Mulago Hospital where very many teachers were waiting for us but the moment they saw me, they scattered. I was later informed that my daughter had died. We went to the police to make a statement but were asked to record one the following day seeing as it was already late. We then went to school to pick my other daughter who showed me what really happened. Kaddu was electrocuted. The school had initially told us that she fell from the balcony.”

Mr Kaddu added: “Up to now, I’ve not gotten very many questions answered from the school. The headmistress is keeping away and not giving us closure. She’s making phone calls on the side.

He has promised to sue the school over negligence.

“I have to take action. I need to get answers from the school. I’ll have to go to court in case the school doesn’t give me answers on how my daughter died. We take our children to boarding schools not because we don’t like them but because we love them. If something ever happens to them, the first person to be contacted should be the parent,” he said.

Ms Sauda Kaggwa, the school headteacher, acknowledged that the child was electrocuted as confirmed by a post-mortem.

She added that the matter is under police investigation and that soon they will sit with the parents and work towards resolving the matter.

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