Parents have been advised to always take their children to school on the first day.
EDUCATION | TERM STARTS
As the third term started today, most government-aided primary schools in Mityana district registered a low turn up of pupils, while private schools had almost all the pupils turning up.
Mityana resident district commissioner, Yahaya Kakooza, advised parents to always take their children to school on the first day, so they do not miss out on the beginning-of-term examinations.
Across Nebbi district, there was low turn up of both pupils and teachers.
For instance, at Namthin Primary school in Nebbi Municipality, only 35 pupils out of 900 turned up.
Rhesa Uyirwoth, the Namthin Primary School headteacher, blamed the low turn up on bad culture and parents who failed to provide school requirements to their children in time.
He also said parents prefer to keep their children in the garden in the first week of the school opening during the rainy season.
At Paminya Ayila primary school, Phillip Bikadhu, the headteacher of the school said just a few of their pupils managed to report.
“The teachers came with a lot of moral, but they are just here sitting because they have few pupils to teach,” He said.
Codian Aduny, a parent, said schools opened at an inconvenient time of the month, since parents are yet to be paid a salary so they can send their children to school.
“Most parents rely on salaries. So how do u expect them to go send the children to school when there is no money?” she wondered.