By Gabriel Adrapi
Government primary schools in Rigbo Sub County, have continued to experience steady decline in enrolment, as pupils abandon the schools at the expense of good schools within the refugee settlement centers.
Stakeholders in the Sub County are worried that this will have some negative impact on pupil enrolment and gradual collapse of government schools if the trend continues. The most affected parishes include Kwili and Aliba.
The chairman Rigbo Sub County local government, Agele Wilson explains that his office is in high level engagements with the various development partners to address the situation.
He highlights good feeding and better infrastructures as some of the key pull factors. Agele says the most affected area is the lower belt along the Nile River.
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Arua district, Paul Mbiwa has noted that, the good facilities in schools within the refugee settlements has not only enticed the pupils but also the teachers.
He says many government school teachers have absconded from duty in these areas as they go to offer their services in the refugee camps which are better paying.
The pupils are now walking longer distances past the nearby government schools, in search of schools in the settlement centers, where there is available food; mainly porridge and good learning environment provided by the various development partners.
Introduction of school feeding program in selected government schools would have partly addressed the problem but, most schools have only reported failures with the program. End