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Parents demand closure of school over pregnancies

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By  David Musengeri

Posted  Tuesday, February 25  2014 at  02:00

In Summary

The protests emerged following last week’s death of Angelina Nabwire, a former pupil, who dropped out of school last year after she became pregnant.

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Busia- Parents at Butangasi Primary School in Busia have demanded for the closure of the school’s boarding section over the increasing number of pregnancies.

The parents claim the boarding section, opened to benefit Primary Seven pupils preparing for PLE, has often seen pupils leave as husband and wife due to weak administration.

The protests emerged following last week’s death of Angelina Nabwire, a former pupil, who dropped out of school last year after she became pregnant. Nabwire nonetheless sat for the PLE last year and obtained aggregate 18.

The girl, a daughter of one Stephen Sanya, died in labour. Angry parents who talked to this newspaper over the weekend alleged seven girls in the boarding section had been impregnated and had dropped out of school last year.

Blame game
The parents led by the LCI Chairman, Pr Geoffrey Bogere, blame the Headmaster of the school, Mr Davis Offeja, for failure to maintain discipline and a separation between the male and female pupils.

However, Mr Offeja denied any wrongdoing and instead blamed the parents for letting their daughters to be defiled from outside the school. After that, the headmaster said, the parents even negotiate for fines with the alleged defilers only to turn around and heap blame on the school administration.

Busia District Education Officer Barnabas Muniala said he was yet to get a formal complaint from the parents, but added his department would investigate the matter and take corrective action.

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