Ramadan Simali a school inspector for Ntenjeru County is worried that many pupils are likely not to attend school when they reopen. He notes that before the school lockdown, about 70 pupils were dropping out of school to engage in casual jobs.
Leaders in Kayunga District have raised concern about the challenge
of child labour.
Following the closure of schools due to the outbreak of the
covid-19 pandemic, children engaged in causal jobs that include sand mining,
hawking, bricklaying, fishing and sugar cane cutting to earn an income.
Ramadan Simali a school inspector for Ntenjeru County is worried that many
pupils are likely not to attend school when they reopen. He notes that before
the school lockdown, about 70 pupils were dropping out of school to engage in casual
The District Labour Officer Collins Kafeero says that they are yet
to compile the numbers of school-going children doing causal jobs. He however
says that before the lockdown, more than 600 children were involved in sand
mining in Kangulumira, Busaana and Kitimbwa sub-counties.
Robert Kiggundu the Kangulumira sub-county chairperson elect blames the parents
for looking on as their children are being exploited. He adds that if parents don’t
take any action on the matter, the children will be deprived of their
“Survival is not good in our community for both children and parents but we are
talking to them to be supportive of each other”
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Cue out: …nga akoze namuzadde”//
Daniel Ssuuna a fourteen-year-old boy in Primary Six at Nateta
Church of Uganda Primary School Kangulumira says he got involved in the
business of sand mining to earn money.
He says his father could not support their family of four other young children
anymore after his Chapati Kiosk was destroyed by soldiers enforcing curfew
Ssuuna says they sell a trip of sand at 70, 000 Shillings, but they are supposed
to pay 20, 000 Shillings to the owner of the land.
Alama Sseruggo, a thirteen-year-old vegetable seller at Kangulumira trading
centre says she supports her mother to raise money for him and his other three
young siblings. He says that the money will be useful when they return to
school next month.
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Cue out: …eziruma abalala”//
In May, Save the
released a report indicating 56 per cent of Ugandans had
noticed an increase in child labour since the beginning of the lockdown.