By: Malik Fahad Jjingo
Sembabule: The Sembabule District education officer has criticised some parents in the area for neglecting the education of their children which has increased school dropout rates.
Speaking at Mitete Primary School during thanksgiving prayers for the good performance in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations on Friday, Mr Paul Bwana Nantamu said 278 pupils out of the registered 4,039 did not sit the exams.
He attributed this to early marriages for girls and boys engaging in domestic chores such as grazing cattle which has caused a decline in PLE performance in the district.
In 2012, the district got 361 first grades and 315 last year. Out of 315 first grades, 174 were registered in private schools which contribute only 20 per cent.
The education officer also said since majority of parents think primary school education is free, they do not support their children. Mr Nantamu urged parents to provide lunch and scholastic materials for their children.