By Alex Baluku
At least 10 parents from Kabirizi Parish in Lake Katwe Sub-county,Kasese district were yesterday morning arrested and later released with
caution for allegedly failing to send their children to school.
Primary and Secondary Schools across the country were on Monday January 10, 2022 officially reopened after two years under lock as one of the measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19.
Wilson Asiimwe, the Lake Katwe Sub-county L. C III Chairperson said he decided to carry out the operation of arresting the children who have not yet returned to school and their parents after realizing that the turn-up was still very low in some schools in the area.
During the operation, many of the children were found with their parents while harvesting cotton and maize.
Jackson Niwagyira, the Chairperson Local Council I for Kabirizi village said they have done their part of sensitizing the parents to send their children to school but in vain.
Zephanus Kisembo, a father of four who was arrested with one of his children while picking cotton claimed that the rest had returned to school but the one remaining had no uniform and therefore they were looking for money to procure a school uniform for him.
When our reporter visited Kabirizi Primary School, he discovered that out of 245 learners, only 126 had turned up.
Wilson Baluku, the School’s Head teacher revealed that even those who have so far returned to school report late for classes, stressing that their parents first send them to the cattle farms and gardens while others come without books and pens.
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