Some 60 senior four students in Moyo district have missed their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations due to an ongoing conflict on the Uganda-South Sudan border.
Moyo Woman MP Anne Auru revealed this on Thursday during a meeting of members of parliament to deliberate on the prioritisation of the peace and security goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
“By the time the exams commenced, these children were in South Sudan and could not cross into Uganda as the Afoji border was temporarily closed,” said Auru, adding that the affected students will re-sit the exams next year.
The conflict started in September with the arrest of Ugandan census enumerators by South Sudan police for alleged illegal entry into their country. The arrests sparked off retaliatory attacks on South Sudan citizens living in Moyo. To prevent such clashes, Auru urged for the prioritisation of the peace goal through adequate funding for conflict resolution programmes.
Currently, the peace goal is 16th out of 17 proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs). In its present form, the goal aocates for significantly reducing all forms of violence and related deaths, reduction of corruption and bribery in all its forms and ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all torture against children.
“Peace does not mean the absence of war. We urge policymakers to make the definition of peace comprehensive, starting from a personal to a national level. They should also think of investing in community defence mechanisms such as community policing,” said Richard Baguma, the secretary general of the United Nations Association of Uganda (Unau).
Baguma added that conflict-affected areas lag behind by 40 to 60 per cent of the millennium development goals (MDGs) target compared to the middle and low-income countries. Therefore, he added, the inclusion of peace and security in the post-2015 agenda would bring about rapid development.
Source : The Observer