- Some of the drop outs are attributed to domestic violence, child abuses and many of the children engage in petty businesses during class hours
- Statistics from the community development office indicates that 46 cases of domestic violence and child abuses, 25 children defilement cases reported 11 cases of Child assaults, 05 cases of child labour were reported in the past six months
- The education ordinance formed by the district has remained toothless as parents, children who violate the ordinance go scott-free
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo-The persistent dropout rate of school children in Moyo district is causing worries among the educationists as improving academic performance has failed.
The continued drop out is despite the Education and Sports Ordinance passed by the Sub-Counties and approved by the district council in 2015 agreed that parents or teachers who failed to meet the education needs of children would be subjected to a fine and a six-month jail term.
But ever since, no parent or teacher has been punished for contravening it. The Moyo district senior Probation officer, Mr Jimmy Ameko, while presenting a report on Monday said that several children continue to drop out of school by 33 per cent in the district.
He said since January, 80 cases of child negligent have been reported as a result of failure by parents to provide necessities like school fee, uniform, scholastic materials and many others.
Recently, Mr Wilson Edema, the Moyo district inspector of schools in charge of Sports told West Nile Press Online that the number could be higher because many cases were not reported. “We are aware the actual number of girls who dropped out last year could be higher because other cases have not been documented at lower levels,” Mr Edema said.
He said the ordinance, before its inception, had to be translated into the local language for easier understanding among all partners, with about 5,000 copies to be printed for distribution to the public.
Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district Chairperson said: “The government has committed itself to many international conventions that are in place to safeguard the rights and freedom of Children. When today we are talking about leaving no child behind for the development of this country, people must then learn and apply it in today’s service delivery.”