Statistics from the Uganda National Examination Board indicate that more than three million pupils who sat for Primary Leaving Examinations in 2006, never made it to A-Level.
While in 2006, 435,063 candidates sat for Primary Leaving Examination, the number dropped by half to 260,080 candidates who sat for O-Level examination in 2010 and to 109, 974 candidates in 2012, indicating a whopping 75 per cent drop, much higher than the 40 per cent usually quoted.
But it is also true that many students drop out of school for reasons ranging from lack of food to cultural challenges, especially for the girls.
In East Africa, Uganda has the lowest proportion of children staying in school up to Primary Seven and the gap grows wider at secondary level.
The high dropout rate can be attributed to the hidden cost of education even in public school to the parents. Under free primary and secondary education, parents still have to contribute towards school meals, scholastic materials and uniforms making it difficult for many children from poor families to complete the 13-year learning cycle.
Data from the Education ministry shows that dropouts are highest among girls than boys due to early pregnancies. This situation is also perpetuated by extreme poverty that makes parents marry off their teenage daughters in exchange for bride price.
As Hope for change Africa Org we believe when we come together with you, we make a change in the lives of the young and innocents’ girls and boys in Africa.
Risk factors for dropouts include coming from low-income or single-parent families. Teachers simply cannot address the academic and emotional needs of every student within normal class time, so programs need to be in place for students who are at risk for dropping out.
To encourage children who had dropped out of school to return, stay in school and complete their education.
To measurably impact 1 million students across Africa
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