Records from the district education department indicate most of the pupils were married off while others crossed to neighbouring Kenya to do causal jobs and others involved in gold mining, hawking and fishing activities.
100 pupils have missed Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE in Busia
District. Last year 5,708 candidates
registered for the examinations that started on Tuesday.
The pupils were from Namala, Makunda, Mbehenyi, Buhobe, Bwerero,
Mawero, Busitema, Bujwanga and Magale Primary Schools.
Records from the district education department indicate most of the pupils were
married off while others crossed to neighbouring Kenya to do causal jobs and
others are involved in gold mining, hawking and fishing activities.
Joyce Nadeera, the headmistress Buhobe Primary School says that the four
candidates who missed exams were all girls, who were taken to Kenya by their
parents to work as housemaids.
She attributes reasons for some of the dropouts to high levels of
poverty among the people, low level of education among
parents that makes them not value education, domestic violence, lack of
guidance and ignorance from parents among others.
Gabriel Gamariel Makanga, the Busia District Senior Education Officer
says that they have tasked school headteachers to get particulars of the
candidates who missed the exams.
Makanga says that they managed to trace the whereabouts of some of
the candidates and their attempts to bring them back to school to sit the
exams were frustrated by their parents.
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the lockdown, more than 20,000 cases of pregnancy, involving school-going
children were reported in different districts, according to Raising Voices. The
exact number is however believed to be higher than this.
According to the education ministry, the majority of the cases were reported in
Eastern Uganda with districts such as Iganga, Soroti and Yumbe in West Nile
recording high numbers.