Kalaki Married Pupils Taken to sit PLE in Their Former Schools

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Local authorities in Kalaki district this week combed villages in Anyara Sub County looking for primary seven candidates who were married off before writing their Primary Leaving Examination- PLE.

Through their effort, two girls returned to write their examinations that ended on Wednesday. They were candidates of Ongoromo and Anyara Township primary schools.

Michael Okello Oita, the sub county chairperson of Anyara says that they resorted to combing villages after receiving information that the girls had been married off by their parents.

He explains that after consulting parents of the affected pupils, they were instead given diversionary responses that compelled the team to start investigations. According to Okello, the team had concluded with the investigations and was preparing to arrest both parents and the married children when the girls suddenly appeared for examinations on Tuesday morning.

Chalaire Omagor, the District Education Officer in Kalaki when contacted said that four boys missed the examination out of 1,965 registered candidates in the district. He notes while one candidate was bedridden and unable to write the examinations, three others are said to be too busy engaged in some income generating activities in Soroti City.

According to Omagor, efforts to have the children return to school for examination were futile when their parents declined to cooperate with education officials.

Kalaki district had three breastfeeding and four expectant candidates sitting for PLE.

According to the authorities in Kalaki, investigations into the alleged married pupils are continuing by the police and once the files are completed, both the parents and in- laws will be arrested and prosecuted for procuring defilement.

Marriage age in Uganda is 21 years without parental consent and 18 years with parents consenting, which most pupils at primary seven have not attained. 

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