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64 Percent of Pupils in Luweero Drop Out of School

According to Luweero District Child Status report released in June, 35,109 pupils were enrolled in schools in 2012 but only 12,650 (36%) pupils managed to register for Primary Leaving Examinations in 2018 and 22,459 (64%) dropped out of school.
Pupils of Kiwanguzi PS lining up for porridge during lunch time. Many Learners fail to complete P7 over failure by parents to pay lunch fees

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At least 64 percent of pupils enrolled in Luweero primary schools have dropped out before completing primary seven.

According to Luweero District Child Status report released in June, 35,109 pupils were enrolled in schools in 2012 but only 12,650 (36%)  pupils managed to register for Primary Leaving Examinations in 2018 and 22,459 (64%) dropped out of school.

The report also revealed that 28,933 pupils were enrolled in 2011 but only 11,620 (40%) registered for PLE and 17,313 (60) pupils dropped out of school.

It further reveals that 367 (3.1) and 291 (2.3%) pupils who registered for PLE didn’t sit the exams in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The report, however, didn’t explain what caused the high rate of drop out in the district.

But Boniface Ssentongo the Chairperson of District Education and Gender Committee blamed it on abject poverty in communities, negligence of parents and pupils resorting to petty jobs.

Ssentongo explains that many pupils drop out of school after failing to secure scholastic materials from parents. He explains that they intend to introduce an ordinance to compel the parents to pay lunch allowances and scholastic materials for learners in schools.

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Salim Zimula the Kakabala parish Councillor in Butuntumula sub county says that the schools are also lacking facilities that include buildings and toilets which discourage learners to keep in school.

Zimula also decried rampant defilement and early marriages which have contributed to high drop out of especially girls.

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A 11-year-old pupil whose identities have been withheld was found vending pineapples at Kikyusa town and said he dropped out of school after his parents failed to provide scholastic materials for him to stay in schools.

He said although he liked education but failure to access basics like books, uniforms and lunch forced him out of school.

Pascal Imarachi the LC 3 Chairman of Zirobwe sub county says that with support from area Member of Parliament John Chrysostom Muyingo, they have embarked on massive sensitization to encourage parents provide needed scholastic materials to learners.

Imarachi adds every beginning of term, they also launch operations with Police were they arrest parents that fail to return the children to schools.

The LC V Chairperson Luweero district Ronald Ndawula says that although there is a general improvement in the learning environment, the number of pupils that drop out is still a big challenge.

Ndawula blames the parents for not encouraging the pupils to stay in schools.

He, however, says that the district intend to construct more classroom blocks and provide necessary facilities to attract the learners stay there.

At least five million Ugandan children have dropped out of primary school before completing the Primary Education Cycle in the past 20 years across the country, according to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and Education and Sports Sector Annual Performance Reports.

According to UNEB, about 12.2 million pupils started primary one but only 6.95 million (57.2 per cent) completed their primary schooling cycles, in just two decades. More than 5.2 million (42.8 per cent) pupils dropped out.