Outrage over leaked video that shows 5 teachers beating up 1 student

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Authorities in Tanzania have ordered an investigation into a video which appears to show a group of five teachers savagely beating a student.

The head teacher of the school, in the town of Mbeya in the southwest of the country, has been suspended.

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In the short video clip, which was widely shared on social media, several men are seen forcing the boy to the ground with kicks and slaps.Corporal punishment is illegal in Tanzania.

A BBC News correspondent says this incident is likely to generate a heated debate about the extent to which the law is being implemented in the country’s schools.

 

 

The 38-second footage has raised outrage online, with Tanzanians demanding that the government take action against the culprits. Several Twitter users shared their dismay with the hashtag #ArrestMbeyaSecondaryTeachers.

The video appears to have been filmed in a staff room, and the victim is believed to be around 16 or 17.

Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister, Mwigulu Nchemba, said the government had sent a team of investigators from the ministry of education and security to probe the incident at Mbeya Day Secondary School.

A government statement said the headteacher, Margaret Haule, had been suspended for “not taking action even after being aware of the incident”.

The assault was allegedly filmed on 28 September by a teacher not involved in the beating, who has also been questioned about it.

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