The students have since February 24 been in Police custody until Thursday when they were produced before Emmanuel Pirimba, the Grade One Magistrate in Soroti. They denied the charges and were remanded until Monday.
Statistics from various districts of Teso indicate that more than 30,000 girls of school-going age were impregnated between 2020 and 2021. The most affected is Amuria district which registered over 11,000 pregnancies within one and a half years, according to Edward Khaukha, the World Vision Regional Manager in the area.
Charles Ondoki Torac, the Head Teacher of Holy Rosary Primary School in Gulu told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the school is welcoming all learners irrespective of their status. He says that so far the school has registered one Primary seven learner who came back with two children.
But Stephen Otim, the Chairperson of Arapai Sub County head teachers association, says that teachers find it difficult to travel for more than ten kilometers to get the COVID-19 jab because they are busy trying to cover the syllabus.
During the hearing, the Auditor General through an affidavit of Senior Auditor, General Bashir Lubega opposed the application, saying that the forensic investigations and reports were done in line with the National Audit Act of 2008 and therefore are in line with the required procedure.
Our reporter visited Awojamoro Village in Mukongoro Sub County but found a number of children playing in their homes. Among them was Tom Eibu, a candidate of Kumi Township Primary School. He told our reporter that he has not seen any study material to help him at home.
According to Juma Nyene, the University Communications Officer, Edongu was suspended last week to pave way for investigations into circumstances under which he was recruited into Soroti University and promoted into a senior position without following the right procedure.
Bertha Asekenye, the Head Teacher Jeressar High School, a privately owned academic giant in Teso, says they don’t have sufficient text books for learners. She observes that while they have started teaching the new curriculum, it demands a lot for both teachers and learners.
Martin Okiria Obore, the National Chairperson of Secondary Head Teachers Union in Uganda,says that whereas government has done a lot in promoting science oriented education, the results are still wanting.
Ambrose Onoria, the Ngora Resident District Commissioner, says that all unlicensed schools will not be allowed to open for the first term come February 3rd, 2020. Onoria revealed that they have issued notices to all the schools that have not met the requirements to release children they have admitted.
Party Emokor, the Municipal Inspector of Schools says they have taken issues of cramming as a serious concern that needs to be handled in order to help learners, not only pass examinations but possess knowledge and skills for survival.