14 November 2012

Uganda: School Dropout Rate Worry Buikwe Leaders

Education officials in Buikwe district are worried about the high rate of school dropout due to defilement of pupils.

The district inspector of schools, Joyce Nalubega, revealed that at Kirugu and Nakalanga UMEA primary schools in Wakisi sub-county, 11 girls aged between 10 and 15 years dropped out after being made pregnant this year.

Nalubega, who cited Wakisi and Nyenga sub-counties as the most affected areas, called on parents and other stakeholders to support district leaders in the fight against the vice by disclosing the culprits.

She was addressing parents, teachers and pupils at St. Stephen Church of Uganda primary school in Njeru town council, Buikwe on Sunday.

Nalubega warned parents of defilement victims against settling matters out of court, saying defilement is a crime that should be reported to the Police.

She also warned that academic transcripts of teachers found guilty of defilement would be cancelled as it is against the teachers' code of ethics.

Buikwe North MP Onyango Kakoba blamed the increase in school dropout rate on failure by parents to play their role in child upbringing.

He noted that some parents look on as children remain home to engage in child labour, despite the existence of free education programmes.

Kakoba decried the rising cases of child sacrifice and corruption, which he said, result from moral degeneration in society.

He noted that the country had suffered aid cuts due to corruption.

Earlier, the Njeru parish priest, Rev. Kenneth Lukwago, asked parents to contribute towards their children's feeding, while at school.

He noted that unless this is done, funds meant for the Universal Primary Education programme would go to waste.

"A child is able to learn effectively up to 10.00am. Beyond that, he will not understand what is taught in class if not fed. This means money invested in education will be wasted," Lukwago observed.

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