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600 Pupils in Apac Fail to Show up for PLE Registration

According to the copy of the report obtained by Uganda Radio Network, Alenga primary school registered only 69 out of the 84 candidates that reported before the lockdown, Adem primary school registered 30 out of the 38 finalists while Amilo primary school only registered 34 out of 64 learners in the candidate’s class.

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At least 645 P.7 candidates in Apac district are yet to turn up for registration for their Primary Leaving Examinations. Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB commenced the countrywide registration of P.7 candidates on November, 20th 2020 and expects to close the exercise on November 30th.  

However, about 654 out of the 2,378 candidates who registered for the first term in the 52 government-aided primary schools in Apac district are yet to register for PLE, according to a report by Apac District Education Committee. 361 of the candidates are males. 

According to the copy of the report obtained by Uganda Radio Network, Alenga primary school registered only 69 out of the 84 candidates that reported before the lockdown, Adem primary school registered 30 out of the 38 finalists while Amilo primary school only registered 34 out of 64 learners in the candidate’s class.

Sam Atim, the Apac District Education Officer says that they have already launched a search for the missing learners.

Eng Audio:

//Cue in: “We have registered..…

Cue out: … to come back.”//

Atim attributed the development to teenage pregnancies and early marriages. He also notes that some learners have shunned school because their parents are worried that they will contract the Coronavirus disease.

Eng Audio:

//Cue in: “Most candidates have …

Cue out: … married among themselves.”//

Yovan Ogwang, the Lango Cultural Foundation Minister in charge of Agriculture and Children’s Welfare who also doubles as the Head of ‘Along clan’ blames the development on the negligence by parents.

Ogwang observes that many parents have abandoned their core responsibility of educating and nurturing their children, which he says is fueling school dropout rates.

Luo Audio:

 //Cue in: “Parenting anywal nwo…

Cue out: … myero kok ningo.”//



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