A remarkable event unfolded at the gates of Parliament where a brave young student named Kharunda Ruth Precious, hailing from Nakasero Primary School made a bold stride towards the seat of power. Among, the Speaker of Parliament recounted the extraordinary encounter on her social media platform, marveling at Kharunda’s courage.
Cloaked in her school’s vibrant green uniform, Kharunda stood before the imposing gates, undeterred. In a rare gesture, the security officers moved by her determination granted her passage. With resolute steps, she entered the hallowed halls and was ushered into the Speaker’s office where a warm embrace awaited her.
The Speaker deeply touched by Kharunda’s initiative, shared the heartening moment online expressing her delight at meeting such a determined young soul. She recounted Kharunda’s earnest desire to continue her education despite the financial struggles her family faced in providing for her and her five siblings.
Moved by Kharunda’s resilience, Among pledged to support her educational journey by covering her school fees. “Girls like Ruth deserve unwavering support to pursue their dreams,” Among declared emphasizing the importance of ensuring every child’s access to education.
As snapshots captured the surreal moment shared between Among and Kharunda, it was evident that this encounter was a dream fulfilled for the young pupil, whose school stood just minutes away from the heart of Parliament.
Kharunda, proudly displaying her parliamentary visitor’s pass symbolized the plight of countless students nationwide grappling with the burden of school fees. Statistics from the Ministry of Education painted a grim picture, revealing the staggering number of pupils unable to complete their education due to financial constraints.
Despite the daunting odds stacked against them, Among’s commitment to Kharunda’s education served as a beacon of hope. With her support, Kharunda’s journey through the academic ranks would not be impeded, ensuring that she, and countless others like her, could realize their full potential.
In a landscape marred by educational disparities, initiatives like these offered a glimmer of hope for a brighter, more equitable future. As the journey from primary school to university remained fraught with challenges, the resolve to uplift the next generation persisted one student at a time.
Ministry of Education Report
At least 2 million pupils join primary one every year, but only 700,000 make it to the primary leaving examination finish line.
About 1.3 million pupils fail to complete primary seven.
Of the 700,000 that go for O’level countrywide, 400,000 students fail to complete but only 300,000 make it and get the O’ level certificate.
As the students advance to the A’level, less than 100,000 finish senior six and 200,000 drop out or pursue vocational college.
At the University level, at least 30,000 graduate every year from all the registered Universities.