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Children as Offenders

The statistics below show that juvenile crime in Uganda is increasing in some crime categories. There are some statistics missing especially on drug abuse, but the explanation from police is that many of the drug abusers are usually returned to their parents and may not be prosecuted by police. Some may not be entered in the criminal register. The other aspect is on robbery which is sometimes recorded as housebreaking or murder if it resulted in death. The crime prevalence is shown below:

Children as offenders. Number of offenders by crime type

Crime

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

3013

2014

Defilement

680

785

466

534

545

418

Thefts

291

441

268

318

424

323

Assaults

344

305

163

306

216

208

Killings

Breaking

36

199

147

201

234

13

Drug abuse

57

13

Robberies

113

62

35

56

66

Source: Uganda Police Statistics

The graphic representation is as shown below.

The graph above shows that defilement has the highest crime rate in Uganda, followed by theft.

Corporal Punishment in Schools

A recent study in 2008 by the Ministry of Education showed that corporal punishment is still rampant in schools. (Ministry of Education and Sports, 2008) Below are the statistics provided by the Ministry of Education.

Survey on corporal punishment

Percentage males

Percentage females

Canning

90

88

Slapping

84

86

Pinching

61

63

Overwork

56

58

Denying food

40

36

Burning

22

20

Locking up

20

18

Tying up

10

16

Others

10

12

Source: Ministry of Education: Creating Safer Schools Series Vol. I, 2008

A graphic representation of this data is provided below.

From the graph above, it can be seen that corporal punishment is still rampant in the country. Males tend to receive the most painful punishments like canning and slapping. To further understand the seriousness of the situation, findings from a 2013 US Department of State report shows that 29 of the 30 schools surveyed in Kampala engaged in corporal punishment. Deaths due to corporal punishment in school were also reported (US Department of State Report 2013).

 
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