29 May 2008

Uganda: 'Poverty Cause for School Dropouts'

Kampala — Sixty per cent of the girls in Kayunga District drop out of school before completing primary education, a survey report have indicated.

In a survey carried out by the Kayunga NGO Forum in a bid to promote the girl-child education in the district, it was discovered that a majority of the girls drop out of school with only forty percent making it to primary seven. The survey which was carried out early this year, points to poverty, failure by parents to instill discipline in their children and domestic violence rampant in many homes as some of the major causes of the high drop outrate of girls from schools.

The European Union is funding the NGO's activities. The chairperson of the forum, Mr Emmanuel Mwanje, said on Tuesday that the NGO had embarked on a programme to ensure that all girls enroll and remain in school until they complete education.

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