14 August 2008

Uganda: Bylaw Boosts Tororo UPE Enrollment

Kampala — THE enrolment of pupils in Kiwera sub-county, Tororo district, has increased after the authorities resolved to punish parents who do not take their children to school.

The sub-county chief, Christopher Okengere, said according to a bylaw which was passed in April, errant parents are fined sh10,000 or imprisoned for not taking children to school.

"We did not wait for Parliament to enact a law. We used the powers vested in us to come up with the bylaw to boost education.

Parliament has also helped us by passing a Bill on Universal Primary Education," Okengere said.

The Bill in addition, seeks to punish parents who do not provide lunch for children at school.

Okengere argued that because of the bylaw, the enrolment at Kiwera Primary School increased from 300 to 900 between April and August, while 1,300 pupils were admitted to Kainja Primary School, up from 400.

Okengere made the remarks on Tuesday while briefing LC5 chairman Emmanuel Osuna and resident district commissioner Mpimbaza Hashaka about the achievements of the sub-county.

Okengere said parents had resorted to sending their children to markets and gardens rather than let them benefit from the Universal Primary Education.

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