Refugee schools record poor enrolment

By Jurugo Emmanuel Ogasto

Education supervisor of schools in Pagirinya refugee camp in Obongi district has reported a low turn-up of teachers and school children in the settlement.

Stakeholders in Pagirinya refugee settlement are concerned about the declining transition of learners from primary to secondary level of education.

This has been attributed to absenteeism among learners and teachers, lack of school meals and child marriages, as well as teenage pregnancies.

Speaking to No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, Tandru Edward a settlement education supervisor said 45% of school children have not reported this term to their various schools.

“Majority of the children both in primary and secondary have not reported as I talk,’’ he said.

Tandru also noted that most teachers especially in Pagirinya refugee settlement have not reported.

“Even the teachers are relaxing at home, yet the second term has started,’’ he added.

According to him, over 21 school-going girls got pregnant during the first term holiday.

“It is unfortunate that some girls can’t report back because of pregnancy,” he lamented.

Mr. Tandru has advised parents to take full responsibility of their children and send them to school.

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