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Sources at school indicate that the pupils left school for their villages in Katakwi district on foot. Nickson Igulot, the deputy head teacher Moroto Army Primary School, says he is surprised that the pupils disappeared from school.
DEO Moroto Paul Oputa

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Two pupils of Moroto Army Primary School in Moroto district are missing for days since they were sent from school for none payment of tuition. The two female primary six pupils aged 15 and 16 years are said to have disappeared on Thursday last week when the school management demanded for fees balances.

Sources at school indicate that the pupils left school for their villages in Katakwi district on foot. Nickson Igulot, the deputy head teacher Moroto Army Primary School, says he is surprised that the pupils disappeared from school. 

He explains that the school only sent away pupils from Moroto to remind their parents about the school balances while those hailing from distant places were asked to make calls to their parents. Igulot says the school is doing everything in their capacity to find the missing girls.

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Rose Ebalu, a concerned parent and retired head teacher of Moroto Municipal Primary School, says she intercepted five pupils from the same school the day they were sent away for fees. Ebalu explains that the children were crying while footing on their way to Soroti, which is 170 kilometers away.  

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Paul Oputa, the Moroto District Education Officer, says he isn’t aware of the missing pupils. He however, promised to contact the school to help trace the missing pupils. Jude Nasucha, the Moroto District Police Commander, says no case of missing persons has been reported to their desk. 

One of the district education officials in Moroto told URN on condition of anonymity that it has become a habit for most government schools to charge parents exorbitantly even when government contributes to the welfare of the school.