Aleper says they cannot trace 161 boys and 117 girls who have failed to report back to school. He explains that most of the affected pupils are from Rupa and Tapac sub-counties where major mining activities take place.
authorities in Moroto district are unable to trace 324 primary six pupils who
failed to turn up for studies in March 2021. Joseph Aleper, the Moroto
District Inspector of Schools, says that they registered 986 pupils across the
district before the COVID-19 lockdown but only 662 reported after the government
opened classes for primary six learners in March.
Aleper says they cannot trace 161 boys and 117 girls who have failed to report
back to school. He explains that most of the affected pupils are from Rupa and
Tapac sub-counties where major mining activities take place. Aleper explains that a number of learners were
affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced them to resort to alternative
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Joyce Longole, a parent in Rupa Sub County says that she cannot force her
children to return to school since they now earn from gold mining sites. “I
used to be strict with my children- not to allow them to visit mining sites
during holidays but when the lockdown came, it prolonged their stay at home and
somehow, they managed to sneak into the sites. These days, I take weeks before
seeing my children and when I tried convincing them to go back to school, they
were very reluctant”, she said.
Our reporter met a 16- year- old girl at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital where
she has gone for antenatal care. She said that much as she had not planned to
engage in a sexual relationship, her friends from Moroto Municipality convinced
her to get a boyfriend.
“I found out that I was pregnant when the government was planning a staggered
reopening of schools. My boyfriend promises to allow me to go back to school
after delivering this baby but I’m not sure whether he will stand by his
words”, she said.
Jackson Angela, an elder in Moroto observes that during the lockdown, many
parents especially casual labourers were rendered jobless when their employers
left or were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He notes that even with the
universal primary and secondary education, there are still more requirements
that some parents are not able to provide for their children to return to school.
According to Angela, mining activities in Rupa Sub County have been affected by
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At least 13 candidates didn’t show up for their Primary
Leaving Examination- PLE in Moroto district last month. 700 candidates registered
for the examination in Moroto. The affected candidates were reportedly involved
in mining activities in Rupa and Tapac sub-counties.