KOBOKO. Seven pupils of Bright Star primary school in Koboko Municipal Council have suffered shock after being struck by lightning.

According to Mr Stephen Boboli, the school head teacher, lightning struck the pupils at around 10:00 am during a heavy downpour on Wednesday as they were attending lessons in their various classrooms.

He said five of the affected pupils are in P.5 while the remaining two were in P.6 and P.7. Of the seven pupils, six are girls and one is a boy.

Boboli observed that shortly after the incident, they rushed the victims to Koboko general hospital for treatment.

He said the medical report availed to the school shows that the pupils were shocked as a result of the strong thunderbolt strike.

But Boboli said doctors recommended that the pupils should have enough rest so as to fully gain their consciousness.

“We were surprised that the incident occurred amidst the presence of the lightning arresters we installed at the school,” Mr Boboli wondered.

By press time on Thursday, six of the pupils were discharged from the hospital but one of them said to have been in a critical condition, is still admitted at the hospital.

When contacted on phone, Mr David Dimba, the Koboko Municipal education officer confirmed the incident and said a team from the municipal education inspection department was sent on ground to assess the situation.

Mr Dimba, however, advised schools to consider installing lightning arresters on roofs of classroom blocks to protect learners from such risks especially during the rainy season.

Mr David Dimba 28 03 19Mr David Dimba, the municipality Education Officer.