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Pupils in a classroom in rural Uganda

By Odongo Jimmy Bosco.

Alito Sub-county leaders in Kole district, led by the Local Council 3 Chairperson Geoffrey Ameny accompanied by the Officer in Charge of Alito Police Post on Monday launched an operation to crackdown on school going children who have not yet reported for the third term.

The operation that targeted the weekly Anekapiri Market saw over 40 children netted and taken to the Sub-county headquarters from where it was arranged they questioned in the presence of their parents.

The operation was also meant to confirm reports that Anekapiri Market that attracts a huge crowd affects learning of the children because the day is considered by the community around as a “holiday resort” for parents, teachers and pupils alike.

According to Ameny, pupil absenteeism has greatly contributed to the poor performance in the recently released Mock results where only 4 pupils in the entire Sub-county with 17 government aided Primary Schools managed to get first grade.

The LC 3 expressed his dismay over some parents who send their children to scare birds in the gardens and digging instead of sending them to School.

Ameny said the operation will continue to include parents who cancel the class attendance of their children so they scare birds in the gardens.