Soroti Schools Record Low Turn-up of Pupils

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About 150 out of a student population of 700 pupils had reported at Fr. Hilders Primary School located in senior quarters ward; Western division while less than 120 out of 500 pupils reported within the first week of the term at Akisim P.7 School in Soroti town.

Schools in Soroti municipality have registered low turn up of learners during the first week of the new school term.  The school term opened on February 6, across the country after a two months break.

Our reporter sampled schools in the municipality which include among others, Telamot Primary School,  Moruapesur P/S, Akisim P.7 School, Fr. Hilders P/S, Pamba P/S, Omodoi P/S ,Teso boarding P/s and Majengo Primary school.

About 150 out of a student population of 700 pupils had reported at Fr. Hilders Primary School located in senior quarters ward; Western division while less than 120 out of 500 pupils reported within the first week of the term at Akisim P.7 School in Soroti town.

Christine Ajiji Adeke, the head teacher of blamed parents for holding their children home during the first days of school.
 
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Anna Mary Ario, a senior woman teacher at Pamba Primary School says only about 110 out of the expected 500 pupils had been reporting since Monday when the school opened. Ario is particularly concerned about the slow turn up of girl children.
 
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Alexander Makai Omuria, a resident of Eastern division in Soroti municipality attributed low turn up of learners to biting financial crisis among parents.

Calvin Elenyu, the district secretary for education says they are embarking on a community mobilization through local council officials to ensure that all children of school going age are taken to school despite the crisis.

Soroti District Inspector of Schools Simon Emoru Anangu confirmed the low turn up of learners. He says that all community leaders including local, religious and clan officials have been engaged to conduct mobilization.

Emoru is optimistic that school enrollment may increase like after three weeks into term one. Soroti district has a total of 79 government aided schools.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.