Several students in Kabale have dropped out of the Universal Secondary Education program for lack of food.
Rubanda county has been sighted as one of the sub-counties with the highest drop out rates.
During a board of governors meeting at Bufundi College, in Kacerere, Jack Katarishangwa, the districtr speaker noted that the district has so far registered a 30 % student drop out rate.
The district speaker says that a survey carried out by the district found out that the increasing rate of school drop outs is attributed to lack of lunch supplies for the students.
He noted that most of the schools have been forced to abandon the lunch packages because of the high cost of food. But equally so most parents in the district cannot afford to ensure sustainable lunch packages for their children.
David Nsaba, the headmaster Kacerere school, says that several school run projects have stalled since the PTA and lunch fee were scrapped off by government.
He noted that unless a viable solution is found, attracting and retaining students at school may become a big challenge to most schools.