Days before he met a terrible road accident on his way to Kampala on Wednesday morning, Charles Angiro Gutumoi Abacacon who’s the Erute North Member of Parliament spoke to TND News Uganda.
The legendary politician talked on how best he wants to promote education performances in his constituency and engaging locals to welcome his initiative.
Speaking to our correspondent, Frank Oyugi, Angiro said strings of poor results continue to hit hard Erute County North year in year out.
Angiro said he has embarked on literacy audit in all the parishes. In executing his plan, Angiro said he had designed forms to be filled by local leaders indicating the number of those that have attained Ordinary Level certificates, Advanced level certificates, diploma and degrees in various discipline.
“This new approach will help me to evaluate the level of literacy in my constituency, challenges, and opportunities and how to tackle emerging issues,” now bedridden MP said.
Adding: “We want to know the impact of government initiatives like Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) on our children.”
The FDC MP said he has moved to nearly all the Sub Counties in his constituency, the last one being Lira and Aromo to carry out his assessment whose findings he is yet to disclose.
The MP told TND News that while in the fields, he organized community barazas where he met with parents, teachers and members of the school management committee of selected primary schools to discuss strategic issues that can be undertaken to perfect learning.
“We found that both teachers, parents are not perfectly playing their roles,” the MP said adding that parents have not been supportive to the school management committees by declining to foster school feeding program and failing to pay development fees.
“How do you expect pupils to study and excel on empty stomachs,” Angiro asked.
In a bid to salvage the poor performances in many schools, Angiro and the parents have agreed that all schools should open on the first day of second term (28-05-2018) and that any parent got at home with a child of school going age should be arrested.
TND News also understands that parents have agreed to contribute food stuff so that their children eat lunch while at school.
Meanwhile, head teachers and the school management committees had also been tasked to provide accountability for the monies they receive under the Universal Primary Education. Government gives about 60 shillings per day per child under UPE arrangement.
This according to Angiru, is meager and cannot provide quality results in schools and wants government to revise the figure.
Erute North is the largest constituency in Lira district with the Sub Counties of Aromo, Agweng, Ogur,Lira and Ngeta.
Most of the 95 government aided primary schools also fall in the constituency. However performance of most of these schools in primary leaving examinations has been deplorable.
This is also compounded by increasing cases of teenage pregnancies in school like Walela primary school where up to 32 girls were reported pregnant.
In 2013, Lira district Council passed an education ordinance with strong emphasis that all children must eat in school but its implementation is wanting.
George Okello Ayo who is the area councilor of Ngeta and Adekowkok Sub Counties, doubling as vice district Chairperson and secretary for education said soon they will enforce the ordinance.
Ayo urged parents to change their attitude on late reporting of pupils to school and absenteeism among others if performance is to improve.
On Wednesday morning, Angiro who was driving himself back to Kampala from Lira had an accident at Karuma, Kiryandongo district.
Driving his car, Noah, registration number UAV 089G, he collided with a Fuso truck with registration number UAJ 730U heading towards Kamdini direction.
The FDC MP was rushed to Kiryandongo hospital with fractured leg before being refereed to Mulago national hospital in Kampala for better treatment.