Philip Akuku Kaya, an Education Officer in Adjumani district, says preliminary reports show that some of girls got married after waiting for schools to resume in vain while others got married after conceiving.
Titus Jogo, the Adjumani District Refugee Desk Officer, says government and humanitarian agencies providing services in the settlements lack adequate funds to set up secondary school facilities for the refugees.
Nana Kwakye, the Senior Program Officer United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, says there is ongoing capacity building in the camps although they are limited by funding. Kwakye explains that the refugees are given basic education, especially for children who are part of the majority as a long term measure to ensure better leaders who understand peace more than war.
According to the report, inaccessible school structures, lack of sanitary facilities and lack of trained teachers to handle children with disabilities are some of the challenges that prompt children with disabilities to abandon school.
Adjumani district leaders are exerting pressure on parents who have allowed their children do odd jobs at Pakele refugee centre instead of going to school. A report compiled by the district education department showed that at least 3,800 pupils had dropped out of school and are offering cheap labour at the refugee base.
The permanent secretary ministry of local government Patrick Mutabwire has summoned Adjumani chief administrative officer Dunstan Balaba to defend himself on allegation that he has been maintaining 135 ghost names of primary teachers on government payroll.