Benson Katyango Boeing, a Senior Education Officer of Kotido district says girls are at the risk of dropping out of school once their parents don’t give them another chance to study and complete their education because despite early pregnancies.
According to the report, Katakwi Town Council leads with 190 cases, followed by Magoro with 188, Usuk Sub County 177, Katakwi Sub County 137, Ongongoja Sub County with 115 cases, Ngariam 89, Kapujan 87 and Omodoi 100 while Palam Sub County registered the least number with eleven cases.
Alowo Grace Fiona, a student at Petta Community Secondary School in Tororo district cited early and forced marriages as a key issue preventing girls from attaining education. She painfully indicated how some parents look at their daughters as sex objects only good for marriage.
The number of girls dropping out of school to marry continues to increase in Lyantonde district despite availability of a by-law to check the problem. In 2007, Lyantonde district passed a by-law to ensure all children go to school.
Juma Hassan Nyene, the police spokesperson East Kyoga told our reporter that the Resident State Attorney (RSA) instructed the police to release the suspect Gabriel Esone while investigations continue. However, parents have threatened to lynch the head teacher if he returns to Obule Primary School.
Lamwo district has resolved to go on a door to door campaign to get more girl children enrolled and kept in schools in 2014. This comes after the strategy proved successful in Lokung, one of its sub counties in 2013.
The teenager who dreams of becoming a nurse is angered with parents that undermine girl child education. She further pleads with the courts of laws to never exercise leniency to teachers that defile their students.