Yudayah Namayanja, the Head Teacher of Kalagala Muslim Primary School says between 500 to 600 out of 731 registered pupils attend school on a daily basis. She explains that high levels of absenteeism are common among primary six and seven candidates.
Child labor is
thriving in Buikwe district due to lack of inspections. Several children labor
on sugarcane, tea plantations and factories in the district.
Nkuusi, a resident of Kalagala in Wakisi Njeru municipality is one such child working
on a sugarcane plantation following the failure of his parents to pay his
tuition and provide other basic school requirements.
He works on a sugar
plantation from Monday and Friday and uses the weekend to collect firewood in
Mabira forest for home use. Buikwe District Community Development Officer-CDO
Samuel Kiganda notes that a big number of children drop out of school to work in
factories, tea and sugar plantations as others collect firewood in forests for
Records from the
Community Development Office indicate that about 280, 000 out of the 465,000
people living in Buikwe district are children below nineteen years of age.
However, only 160, 000 children are assumed to be attending school.
division authorities carried out an inspection to establish the causes of absenteeism
in schools. The inspection revealed that a big number of pupils from primary
five to seven skip classes to earn a living through charcoal burning, cut sugar
cane, scare birds from rice gardens, collect firewood and look for metal scrap.
Yudayah Namayanja, the Head Teacher of Kalagala Muslim Primary School says between
500 to 600 out of 731 registered pupils attend school on a daily basis. She explains
that high levels of absenteeism are common among primary six and seven
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The Wakisi Division Education Secretary, Sulaiman Kaweesi notes that factories
have turned to employing minors since they offer cheap labor.
Kaweesi explains that factories don’t issue identity cards to the minors or
register them in their attendance books for fear of being caught by the law.
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Abudu Mayanja, a resident of Najjembe blames the local officials for spending
most of their time in offices as opposed to carrying field supervision visits
to address the problem. He says due to the high levels of poverty parents allow
their children to work so as to support their families.
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Muzamiru Mubajje, another residents believes that employers chose child
laborers so as to as to save on their wage bill since they spend less on them.
The Buikwe District
Community Development Officer-CDO, Samuel Kiganda says they are unable to reach
various areas of the district due to limited resources. He also says they need a full-fledged team to perform their
He says the entire
district is looking up to them to fight the practice but they are challenged
because many local leaders are silent even when they identify such cases in the
community. He notes that the habit is common in Njeru and Lugazi municipalities.
The Njeru Municipal
Mayor, Yasin Kyazze says his office is not aware of the problem.
are registered companies we think are mindful to the contracts they sign with
the government but there is no complaint that can emerge from nowhere and as
the municipality we are also going to follow up on the matter,” Kyazze said.
Jane Francis Kagayi,
the Buikwe Resident District Commissioner, acknowledges receiving complaints
about child labor in the area, saying his office is closely monitoring the
perpetrators to bring them to book.