By Steven Wandera
MASINDI: Over 600 pupils have dropped out at Kabango Primary School in Kabango town council Masindi district in the space of 2yrs of lock down.
This was revealed on Tuesday during the official commissioning of Kabango Primary School staff quarter.
Johnbosco Edema the school’s PTA chairperson revealed that before lock down, Kabango Primary School had an enrollment of 2,300 pupils but after the reopening, they received 1,614 pupils stressing that they were expecting an increase since children had stayed home for long.
He attributes the dropout to lockdown adding that during the lock down, children joined the labor force, teenage pregnancy early marriages, and poverty among the parents where by some parents can’t afford buying the scholastic materials for the children.
Edema therefore calls in for government intervention to ensure the vice is eradicated since it’s a very big problem and a security threat in the community.
General Vicar Hoima catholic diocese Robert Mugisa blames the parents for the high rate of children drop outs in schools stressing that the foundation body had tried to protect the children but the situation worsened when they released them to parents during the lockdown.
He adds that parents should continue to guarding their children since they can’t make themselves an informed decision
Mugisa calls upon local leaders, police and other stake holders to intervene into the vice since some parents are using their daughters to gain wealth.