Low School Activity in Moroto as Heavy Rains Continue

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Bad roads resulting from incessant rains and preparations to begin food harvests have contributed to low turn up in most schools in Moroto.

Bad roads resulting from incessant rains and preparations to begin food harvests have contributed to low turn up in most schools in Moroto district.

A URN reporter visited some of the schools in Moroto on Wednesday and found few or no learners at all.
 
At Kasimeri Primary school, Abedism Okello, the head teacher says he had registered 146 pupils in the past three days out of over 800. He adds that only 16 teachers had also reported out 36 on the payroll. He attributes the poor turn up on flooded roads rendering most sections impassable. He also explains that food harvests in Karamoja have also led to low attendance in schools.

For several months, heavy rains have been bartering the Karamoja sub region leading to floods.

Rose Abalo, the headmistress Moroto primary school in Moroto Municipality, says she had registered only 57 pupils in the candidate class out of 150. She also said the rest of the classes had only 50 pupils who had reported for third term.

Abalo attributes the low turn up to reluctance of some parents to send their children to school adding that some have been kept around to help with domestic chores. She appeals to parents to allow their children to school stressing that this term determines their promotion to other classes.

Paul Abul, the District Education Officer Moroto asks teachers to begin lessons adding that waiting for other pupils to report may kill the morale of the few at school. He also encourages parents to spend their meager incomes on education other than on drinking alcohol.

Simon Odwar, Kaabong District Education Officer, says torrential rains have hampered pupils reporting to several schools. He adds that most schools do not have teachers since most of them are imported in the district.  He attributes the mess to poor roads in the district.