School dropout rate, teenage pregnancy high in Amuru district

High pregnancy rate has lately been recorded in Uganda

Parents in Amuru district have been blamed for early teenage marriage and low school turn up in second term this year.

In second term alone, two teenage girls from Kaladima primary school in Lamogi Sub County, Amuru district dropped out of school after getting pregnant.

The head teacher of the school, Aida Aceng Otoo says at least 200 pupils have so far dropped out of school due to lack of guidance from their parents.

She says most parents have also deliberately prevented their children from going to school so as to help them with garden work.

“The biggest problem we are facing is that, most parents prevent their children from going to school simply because they want their children to help with garden work at the expense of their education,” Aceng says.

Mrs. Christine Anek who’s the Chairperson Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) appealed to parents to follow up their children in school for effective learning as well as supporting the school feeding Programs.

Francis Okumu, one of the parent said that children should support their parents with garden work so as to get money to pay for their school fees.

“As parent we want our children to support us with little garden work so that we are able to raise money for their school fees,” Okumu noted.

Amuru district Secretary for education, health and sports Apollo Okello says the school dropout rate of girls in the district is at 80% while boys stands at 60% from primary one to primary seven.

Okello also a councilor representing Amuru Sub County to Amuru district council says the pregnancy rate is at 45%. According to him, the percentage is too high.

Recently, Amuru district Council passed a resolution to charge parents who bar their children from attending schools. For every parent found guilty, he or she will pay shs.50, 000 per pupil in a move aimed at mitigating high school dropout rate.

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