BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
TEREGO: Monday, August 02, 2021
Tears of joy rolled down the cheek of Dan Osuku, a pupil of Yole primary school as he walked forward to Rose Obigah, the Woman Member of Parliament (MP) for Terego to receive his token of appreciation.
The token included a metallic suitcase valued at sh75,000, a sh80,000 mattress, exercise books, pens and mathematical set.
Osuku scored aggregate 10 in the recently released primary leaving examinations and was the sole candidate from Yole primary school who passed in first grade.
He is an orphan who wants to pursue secondary education from St. Joseph’s College, Ombaci, a dream that his headmaster, Wilson Avudria, said the school is mobilizing to ensure that it comes to fruition.
“The school identified Osuku’s brightness and supported him. We even kept him to stay at the school and now we are rallying the former pupils of Yole primary to mobilise funds to cater for his school fees,” Avudria told the www.westniletoday.com
He thanked the woman MP for supporting education of the children saying that in Osuku’s case that will relieve the school of some of the costs for his education that they had budgeted at sh700,000 per term.
In total Terego district registered 42 first graders representing 0.84% of the total 4,986 candidates registered for 2020. Of these first graders 15 were from Terego West constituency, eight from Terego East and 19 refugee pupils.
The statistics from the district education office indicates that a staggering 658 pupils failed the exams while 260 missed the tests, something attributed to the adverse effects of the Covid-19 lock-down.
Mrs Obigah said her move to appreciate both the natives and refugees was to foster good relations and encourage better performance of children in the young district.
“I would have loved to do much better but this just for a start. I don’t want to hear that any of these children have dropped out of school,” she said.
The MP appealed to the head teachers in Terego to work harder and improve results from their schools.
“Thank you for making me proud but this result is still nothing. This year I want more pupils in first grade,” she challenged the head teachers.
She was joined in appreciating the first graders by Terego West MP, Joel Leku who gave 15 mattresses worth sh1.2m.