Pupil Attendance Drops in Flood Hit Areas in Alebtong District

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Samuel Ayoo, the chairperson Awonatal School Management Committee says the few pupils who attend report at 9am and study under trees since their classrooms are still flooded.

Several pupils inflood hit areas in Alebtong district are missing school a few days after the opening of the third term. Recently, several sub counties in Alebtong district were hit hard by flooding following heavy down pour for about three weeks.

The floods submerged several houses and displaced hundreds of residents from their homes. This has also had a chilling effect effect on school attendance with hundreds of pupils missing studies.

The most affected schools are Angem, Okomo, Awonatal, Angicakide and Adwir primary schools.  At Awonatal community primary school in Awonatal village in Alolo-lolo parish the school attendance would fluctuate between 150 to 200 but now number has dropped to 40.

Most of the classrooms and school toilet are flooded.  Samuel Ayoo,  the chairperson Awonatal School Management-committee says the few pupils who attend report at 9am and study under trees since their classrooms are still flooded.

At Angicakide Primary school in Ocokober parish the attendance has dropped from from 400 pupils to 69 by Monday this week according to Babra Akech,  the Alebtong district secretary for education and health services.

She says the situation is worrying since this is the third when pupils have to prepare for their promotional exams. David Kennedy Odongo, the Alebtong LC V chairperson appeals to parents to send back their children to school. Odongo says much as most of the learning facilities are in a bad shape, lessons are still ongoing under tree shades.

He predicts poor Primary Leaving Examinations results in the flood affected areas. Details from the district show that, 3307 people were affected greatly by the floods. So far only Uganda Red cross Society has visited Alebtong and Otuke districts to asses the situation.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.