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Kalangala District in Drive to Boost School Completion Rates

Kalangala district has a total of 23 primary schools spread in nine out of the 63 habited islands. It has three secondary schools and two tertiary institutions. But with a population of 5,800 school going children, only 254 children are able to complete primary seven every year on average.
School going children fetching water from the lake. Often times, many of the school going children remain home hence not completing primary education in Kalangala

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Kalangala district authorities have resolved to prioritize the education sector in the next financial year 2018/2019. A key focus will be on the need to increase the completion rates for all learners.

Kalangala district has a total of 23 primary schools spread in nine out of the 63 habited islands. It has three secondary schools and two tertiary institutions. But with a population of 5,800 school going children, only 254 children are able to complete primary seven every year on average.

The district education department listed defilement, poor infrastructure, lack of schools on most of the Islands and increased child labour as factors fueling the low completion rates.

The district has now allocated 3.9 billion Shillings to facilitate the construction of staff houses and dormitories at the different primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The funds were secured from the Iceland International Development Agency - ICEIDA.

The sector will take a share of 6.5 billion shillings out of its 14.8 billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2018/2019, according to the District Education Officer Emmanuel Nseko

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Kalangala ‘s education sector has for the last seven years received up to 15 billion Shillings from Iceland International Development Agency – ICEIDA for the construction of schools in all the seven sub-counties that make up the district. But the construction of facilities has not translated into increased enrolment and retention of learners.  

A report released by the Information and research centre, in December 2017 indicated that most children in Kalangala District fail to complete school only because they are introduced to fishing, which they find more lucrative than attending school.

Steven Ssempande, an education activist attached to Ssese Health and Education Development – SHED,  asked authorities at the district education department to carry out a thorough investigation on why children fail to complete the education cycle.

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Kalangala District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi says that his administration is focusing on improving infrastructure in order to avoid blame from children and parents when schools remain dilapidated for not going to school.

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