By Nathan Eyagu
SERERE - State Minister for Fisheries, Hellen Adoa, and the dedicated Woman MP for Serere district, have taken a proactive stance to confront the educational challenges encountered by boy children in the district.
This strategic initiative is a direct response to the disappointing academic performance observed, compelling parents to take decisive action by enrolling all their children in schools. The overarching goal is to instill responsibility and cultivate a sense of duty among the youth.
During the release of examination results, Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni, expressed deep concern over the ongoing decline in the number of boys completing primary education in Uganda.
The First Lady, questioning the situation, urged concerned parties to prescribe solutions to address the fundamental causes and prevent this negative trend.
While Uganda has made significant progress in achieving gender parity in access to primary education for both boys and girls over the years, records from UNEB reveal a concerning trend – more girls are completing the primary education cycle.
UNEBS's statistics indicate 391,499 registered female candidates compared to 357,755 males. Dan Odongo, the Executive Director of the Uganda Examinations Board, noted that this trend has persisted for the last seven years, with the gap gradually widening each year.
Despite national efforts predominantly focusing on girls' education, it is crucial to contextualize whether boys complete their education. This becomes especially noteworthy considering the increasing enrollment of girls in schools compared to boys.
Minister Adoa, addressing the community during a recent constituency baraza, emphasized the urgency for boy children to prioritize education, urging regular attendance and focused studies.
In a move to further motivate and symbolize commitment to education, she plans to distribute specially printed t-shirts for boy children with the message,"let the boy child go to school".
These shirts serve as a visual encouragement, conveying a powerful message to the community about the importance of education for the younger generation.
The hope is that this initiative will inspire positive change and contribute to the overall development of responsible and educated individuals in Serere district.
"Let us unite in supporting the boy child's journey to school and a brighter future so that they all get empowered," she added, calling on all stakeholders to champion this crucial move.