Kasese records lowest turn-up as second term reopens

UPE Pupils Attending classes. Photo/ MESSACH BWAMBALE

In the majority of the schools in Kasese district, the second academic term’s school calendar began today at a slow pace.

The Black Examiner did a mini-survey today afternoon and found that few learners showed up on the first day.

While most government-aided school teachers were reporting to their duty stations and teaching in Kasese Municipality, pupils’ experiences were quite the reverse.

Because there was a low total student turnout in catholic founded schools, Rev. Fr. Joseph Mbusa, the Education Secretary for the Diocese of Kasese, pleaded with parents and guardians to permit their children to report for lessons tomorrow.

The poor attendance in schools, which was demonstrated by the influx of pupils in markets among other things, was shared by Kasese District Education Officer Mr. George Mayinja.

According to Ms. Caroline Ebyau Anukur, the school’s head teacher, only one out of every 136 students attends courses at Mt. Rwenzori Girls Secondary School in Bulembia Division, Kasese Municipality.

According to Mr. Adidas Bwambale, the head teacher, 342 out of 781 students at Nadiri Preparatory School in Nyamwamba Division had reported as of press time.
According to Rev. Baluku Yofesi Kitholhu, 786 out of more than 1000 students showed up at Mundongo PS in Nyakiyumbu Sub-County this morning.

Over 300 students attended the Kasese Muslim nursery and primary school in the Kasese municipality, but only 200 of them showed up for class, Mr. Elius Kabega stated.

Kasese Municipal Officer Mr Emmy Kayiri and Hon Teddy Kasambangene Kyakimwa, female councilor representing Namuhuga and Nyakabingo three wards, threatened to arrest parents whose children have not reported for classes. Details will follow in our subsequent news broadcast. 

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