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.
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.