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.
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.