Authorities in Bududa district have expressed concern over the increasing number of girls dropping out of school.
David Muwaya Wekhola the Bududa district inspector of schools says that going by a survey carried out last year, the dropout rate of the girl child in Bududa currently stands at 8%. Wekhola says that most girls are now opting for early marriage as opposed to completing secondary education.
He says that with only eight government aided secondary schools which offer universal secondary education, some girls are challenged by the distance they have to move to get to the schools. He says that along the way, the girls also face quite a number of temptations.
Sam Kuloba the commissioner secondary education at the education ministry said that government had embarked on a plan of constructing a secondary school at every sub county. Kuloba said this while commissioning Nakatsi Seed Secondary School in Bududa District over the weekend.
John Baptist Nambeshe the Manjiya County Member of Parliament asked parents to desist from giving away their daughters at the expense of school. Nambeshe says such an act will retard the development of Bududa District.