The Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) has started a campaign against child labour in the country in a bid to improve on learners’ academic performance countrywide.
The general secretary UNATU Filbert Baguma, noted that children especially those living at landing sites, mines and stone quarries continue to perform poorly when it comes to academics due to child labour.
He said their poor performance and lack on concentration in schools is caused by parents who involve them in such activities.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Kampala, Baguma suggested municipalities and town councils to enact laws that stop school going children from engaging in acts of labour.
He said that although there are many issues that affect the academic performance of the children, the most common one is child labour.
“As teachers in schools we have issues which affect learners and one of them is child labour. The children instead of being in schools you find them hawking, fishing, mining,” he noted.
He said such activities can greatly affect learners performance in schools and at the end of the day teachers are blamed for their failure which is not fair.
“And when you are expecting children to be in schools, you find them on the roads selling all sort of items and this disrupts the teaching learning process and then at the end of the day the say teachers have not done their work, ”he said.
He urged government and all stakeholders to come in and make sure that every school going child is in school during the time when they are supposed to be there .
Richard Ssekyonodo, the deputy mayor Entebbe noted that many schools in Entebbe have been brought on board to carry out sensitisation programme in those areas so that parents are informed about the importance of keeping children in schools.