SOME 600 students in Bahi district have dropped out of public schools within the past four years due to various reasons including pregnancies.
The national form four examinations will on October 30 kick off with only 400 students in public schools sitting across the district, according to Bahi District Commissioner (DC), Ms Elizabeth Kitundu.
“The figure represents 60 per cent of the students who began secondary education in 2014,” said here yesterday. Ms Kitundu urged education stakeholders to join hands with the government in an effort to address student drop-outs, pointing out lack of close monitoring from parents and guardians as contributing factor for teenage pregnancies.
She informed that the au thorities in the Bahi District would conduct assessment to establish the reasons why the District lagged behind in the national form four examinations in 2016.
On his part, Bahi District Education Officer, Mr Patric Gwivaha, noted that the number of girl students who drop out of schools had continued to increase due to different factors including pregnancies.
“About 60 per cent of girl students got pregnancies within three years since 2014 to 2016,” said the Bahi District Education Officer.
Mr Gwivaha attributed pregnancies to long distance which girl students have to cover to schools from homes, noting that some are forced to cover over 40 kilomtre to schools from homes. He urged the government and education stakeholders to put up dormitories to accommodate girls at schools in order to address the problem of pregnancies.