Betty Namagembe, the Masaka District Education Officer indicates that community members especially parents are not effectively utilizing the available opportunities to secure education for their children. She explains that many parents are reluctant at provide children with the basic requirements.
A national baseline survey by Sauti za Wananchi Voices of Citizens on clean and safe water recently released by Twaweza East Africa shows that three out of four Ugandans approximately 74 percent have access to an improved water source.
A recent baseline survey conducted by Sauti za Wananchi Voices of Citizens released by Twaweza East Africa indicates that over 84 percent of Ugandan children under five years of age sleep under insecticide treated-bed nets of the type known to provide strong protection against malaria transmission.
Last findings from a qualitative study from across Uganda in the months of September and October by Twaweza found out that a large percentage of pupils continue to drop out of school as a result of pregnancy. Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo, the Uwezo Regional Manager, Twaweza East Africa argues that schools need to become safe spaces for girls.
The most popular reason given for not approaching the teacher was the fear of negative repercussions. Parents do see teacher attendance as the primary responsibility of the school or head teacher said the report.
Findings from previous surveys concluded that children are not learning and that they are not acquiring the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy consistent with the official curricular requirements in the country.
Violet Alinda, the Advocacy Manager at Twaweza while releasing the findings on Friday at the Twaweza East Uganda offices in Naguru said that the fee hinders the citizens to access information from government institutions.
Dr. Mary Goretti Nakabugo, the Manager of Uwezo Uganda at Twaweza, says children in refugee settlements are disadvantaged in terms of learning conditions such as high pupil to teacher ratio, limited textbooks and classrooms.