Pader district Education officer has decried the high rate of absenteeism of pupils and the high rate of school drop outs.
Charles Obol Okidi while sensitizing a group of locals from Pader town council during a dialogue meeting last week wondered why the enrollment in lower primary was high where over 300 pupils join primary one, but as they approach primary seven, only 40 girls sit for their Primary Leaving Examination.
He attributed this difference to the uncontrollable culture where most parents force their young girls into early marriages for a meager bride price while others connive with perpetrators of defilement as they conceal information about defilement cases. He said that this has increased the number of child-mothers in the district.
Robert Okwii the deputy Chief administrative officer of Pader District called upon the district local government to increase efforts to handle the situation of early marriage, defilement and the high school dropout rate.
Over 260 girls leave primary education annually in most primary schools in Pader district.