THE Human Rights Commission (HRC) has commenced investigations into reports that some teachers at Chikankanta High School who caught 12 pupils having sexual intercourse forced them to repeat the act and allegedly started filming them as part of punishment on Friday last week.
HRC spokesperson Samuel Kasanka said in an interview that the Commission yesterday dispatched an officer to the school in Chikankanta District to carry out intensive investigations.
“We have just dispatched one officer to the school so that we can verify and carry out our own investigations on the matter,” he said.
Mr Kasanka said the HRC would be able to give a comprehensive statement once its officer had concluded and furnished it with all the information pertaining to the alleged report.
He could however, not give a timeframe when the Commission would state its position as that depended on how fast the officer would conclude the investigations.
Government recently directed Police officers in Chikankanta to investigate thoroughly the alleged reports of teachers forcing the caught pupils to repeat the sexual acts.
Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe who described the alleged action by teachers as ‘immoral and inhuman’, said police should professionally investigate the matter.
This follows media reports that authorities at Chikankanta School have with immediate effect suspended 12 Grade 12 pupils who include six girls and six boys after they were caught having sex in one of the girls’ dormitories.
According to media reports, some teachers, at the school asked the pupils found in the act to repeat what they had been doing as they stood and watched them perform sexual acts as part of punishment and started filming them with mobile phones.