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Kapoeta: High school dropout asked to enroll for alternative education program

Kapoeta: High school dropout asked to enroll for alternative education program
Kapoeta Day Secondary School in Kapoeta South County, where one of the three Accelerated Secondary Learning program center is located | Credit | Anthony Otto/TRC

An education official in greater Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria State, has encouraged teachers and high school dropouts to join the Accelerated Secondary Learning program in the three centers in greater Kapoeta.

Officials say due to several factors, including forced and early marriage and lack of tuition fee, several high school students drop out. However, they later seek teaching jobs in primary schools.

This program allows teachers who are teaching but have not completed their secondary education to complete their education.

“If you look at our teachers teaching in primary school now, they are of low standard. So, this is to build their capacity so that the subject contents and delivery of lessons improve,” said Ayuma Seraphine, education coordinator in greater Kapoeta counties.

Implemented by the Windle Trust organization in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education, the program started in April in greater Kapoeta.

It has three centers located at Kapoeta Day Secondary School in Kapoeta South, Chukudum Secondary School in Budi County, and Lopuwa Secondary school in Kapoeta East County.

So far, Kapoeta South center has about 48 students, eight of which are teachers from different primary schools in the county

Seraphine further encouraged the general public to take education seriously because, he said, is the “key to development”.