Addis Ababa - Students in a Ugandan school might not always have been happy to hear the sound of their school bell, but it turns out the alternative could have been much worse.
A group that travels the country to spread awareness about the dangers of unexploded mines - still a major problem in a region that has been scarred by conflicts over recent decades - was shocked to find that teachers were using an unexploded bomb as a school bell, reported the Daily Monitor on Sunday.
Worse, the bomb was still live, even as teachers at the primary school in south-western Uganda's Kasese district banged it with a rock to call children to classes or assemblies, the newspaper reported.
About 700 children attend the school.
“It was a shock to us to find out that what the school was using as a bell was a bomb,” Wilson Bwambale, co-ordinator of the Anti-Mine Network Rwenzori, told the Daily Monitor. He said he noticed the problem when teachers used the bomb in his presence to call the students to order.