The Ugandan government has banned the hosting of performing artists, at both public and private schools nationwide.
The temporary prohibition by the Ministry of Education in Uganda will be in effect until new regulations are put in place.
As of August 1, all schools must refrain from inviting singers who dance exotic dances while half-naked when performing at school gatherings, according to the statement from the acting Education and Sports Permanent Secretary, Jane Egau.
The Ministry of Education and Sports convened a senior management meeting on July 18, when it was decided that the ministry should provide guidelines on the type and conduct of extracurricular and entertainment events permitted in schools, she said.
“On July 11, the country woke up to the shocking videos that were circulating on social media to portray the indecency that is allowed in our children’s schools. It is now clear that there have been several of these totally unacceptable and offensive functions allowed in schools in the names of extra curriculum and entertainment activities,” the circular read in part.
Egau argued that schools should restrict themselves to extracurricular activities like athletics, games, and debates and that if they must entertain themselves, they should put on plays and host concerts.
“Extracurricular activities in school normally mean sports and games, debate clubs etc. If schools need to entertain themselves, then they can engage in acting plays or arrange concerts.
Schools are thus asked to desist from hiring artistes until the ministry issues the intended guidelines.
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“Inviting singers who dance erotic dances, naked in the schools in the guise of extracurricular activities must be forbidden henceforth,” read the statement in part.
Numerous schools have employed entertainers on a number of occasions to entertain their students, which has sparked discussion on whether or not such practices need to be banned.
The obscene performers who dance erotically with the minor children watching were opposed by parents.