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Nebbi’s Best Candidate Lacks Fees

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st February 2004 03:00 AM

MR. William Ngira was the happiest parent in Nebbi district after learning that his son Walter Abineno had emerged the best pupil in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in the district.

MR. William Ngira was the happiest parent in Nebbi district after learning that his son Walter Abineno had emerged the best pupil in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in the district.

By Frank Mugabi in Nebbi

MR. William Ngira was the happiest parent in Nebbi district after learning that his son Walter Abineno had emerged the best pupil in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in the district.
But he said on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 that his joy is always washed away by thoughts of how to pay secondary school fees for his son. Abineno scored aggregate 7. Ngira said he could no longer afford secondary fees because his drug shop has at the same time collapsed.
“It (drug shop) began collapsing in June when I fell sick and got hospitalised with a paralysed body.” Ngira said. “Am confused how to get the money to pay for Abineno and the sister now in S4,” he added.
Ngira is a father of nine children eight of whom are school going. Six of them are benefiting from the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme in different schools. When the results were released, Abineno a quiet and obedient boy was in their village called Erussi (about 25km from Nebbi town) helping in uprooting groundnuts grown on the family field.
To Abineno, it’s his father’s idea of taking him to a “better school” that led to his success.
The father says he transferred his son after P4 to Nebbi Primary School from Erussi Primary School because of “low performance.” He picked up fast in the new school and begun excellencing.
“He is not a bookworm but as the examinations approached I forced him to draw a revision timetable. We also agreed with the mother to exclude him from any hard housework for about three months,” he recalls.
He usually came back late at around 7pm from school, showered, had supper and went to bed.” Ngira recounted.
In the morning at 6:00am his father says he woke him up with his brother in P5 (now promoted to P6) to read for a small time before heading to school. The father recalls that his son being a non-good reader, he would at times find him fully asleep in the pages of the book he was trying to revise.
At school his soft-spoken ness and obedience identified Abineno. From his own words the bright boy seems frightened about the fathers financial stand and his educational future.
“I would like to join a good school but that all depends on my fathers ability to pay fees,” he said.
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Nebbi’s Best Candidate Lacks Fees

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