Cleophus Mugenyi on Tuesday said more than 20 girls were defiled by their teachers every term.
â€œThe 20 are only cases reported to the Police. Such cases were not common in the district in the past five years,â€ Mugenyi said, adding that there were more cases which went unreported.
He decried the delays in prosecuting the suspects, saying it hindered officials from taking action.
â€œWe cannot take disciplinary measures like terminating the teachersâ€™ services because they are not proved guilty. If prosecuted and found guilty, of course they would be jailed and also deleted from our list,â€ he said.
Last year, Mugenyi directed the Police to arrest two teachers and a headteacher alleged to have defiled their pupils in Bugangaizi county.
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