Tooro: Alarm As 11,000 Pupils Drop out of School

tadalafil sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to Harriet Angwena, try the Inspector of Schools in charge Special Needs Kabarole, this in the year 2013, they registered 90,000 pupils but out of this number, 11,000 pupils dropped out.

“The high school dropout is worrying the education stakeholders and district leaders. 60% of these school dropouts are orphans, pupils with special needs and others lacked scholastic materials.”

“The problem is attributed to rampant defilement, parents failure to provide scholastic materials, inadequate pit latrines, child headed families and harassment of girls from the male teachers. The most affected sub counties are Busoro, Buheesi, Hakibaale, Kisomoro and Katebwa and Kibiito,” said the Inspector of Schools.

Agwena was speaking during the Launch of “Go Back to School, Stay in School and Complete School Campaign” held at Karambi Primary School Grounds in Burahya County, Kabarole at the close of the week.

She said the campaign is aimed at increasing awareness among the education stakeholders for positive effect, increase access, retention and completion rates.

It also reduces gender disparity, enhances participation and involvement in policy implementation and creation of violence free environment in protection of children’s rights.

“In this campaign, with the help of UNICEF, KAANA Foundation, Save the Children Uganda and Joy for children Uganda, we have managed to sensitise parents and pupils on the dangers of school dropout and over 3,000 pupils have so far gone back to school. This is a great achievement.”

Richard Rwabuhinga, the district Chairperson, observed that many pupils drop out of school due to bad peer pressure, too much freedom given to them by the parents and parents’ failure to guide them.

Patrick Rwakaikara, the District Education Officer Kabarole, warned the male teachers against harassing the girls and asked senior teachers to always talk to the children and guide them accordingly.

He called for concerted efforts from all the stakeholders in fighting and reducing the high school dropout in the district which is likely to affect the education system in future.


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