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Monday, June 27, 2016

THE UGANDA-CONGO BORDER AFFECTING CHILDREN'S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN KASESE.


The Uganda –Congo border has two market days (Tuesday and Friday) which exposes children to the high urge for money and hooliganism such as alcoholism,smoking, commercial sex, robbery,child labour among others  at a tender age  leading to absenteeism, poor academic performance, drop outs from school, early marriages etc . Due to this,  parents of Kamasasa primary school held a meeting on 23rd June 2016  to discuss the well being of their children while at school.The meeting was attended by the chairperson PTA Mr. Katswera Zaverio who  urged parents to nurture /teach their children good behaviors so that the teachers can continue from there and not to engage their children in hard labour as this affects their academic performance.
The school head teacher Mr. Muhindo Zaverio sighted out the most common challenges in school as failure by parents to provide food for their children while at school, poor attendance in parent’s meetings, early pregnancies among other challenges.

The Head teacher giving his remarks
 Also in attendance was the area councilor Mr. Muhindo Paddy who urged parents to teach and provide materials for their adolescent girls for them to handle their menstrual periods comfortably as this was one of the reasons adolescent girls mainly absent from school as mentioned by the senior woman teacher.
The senior woman presenting girl  child challenges
At the end of the meeting the parents pledged to always pack food for their children and for those children who come from near to always go back home and have food, and to always attend meetings to understand their children’s education. Parents also agreed to work hand in hand with police to stop children from indulging in market day activities which expose to various forms of violence.