By: Kamusime Barnabas
School going children in Kisoro district have resorted to doing business as hopes to complete their education career are uncertain due to the unstable academic calendar since covid-19 outbreak in Uganda since March last year.
Uganda imposed its first in March 2020 before registering a single covid-19 case and later lifted it gradually where schools were opened in a phased manner.
However, on June 18th 2021 President Museveni imposed another lock down to curb the surging cases of covid-19 second wave.
In Kisoro district, over 10 cases of teenage pregnancies have so far been reported to the district’s Probation office.
In a survey conducted by voice of Muhabura reports, it is clear that most learners have opted to do petty businesses including selling eggs, paper bags and Sugar canes in major markets of Kisoro districts.
At Rusiza market in southern division Kisoro Municipality, learners are mainly involved in sugar cane selling, egg vending and roasted groundnuts selling. They say that they are looking for money to survive on as their parents are not employed.
Pupils vending eggs in Kisoro Municipality
Other children say that they got inspired by their fellow age mates who earn money during the holidays.
Speaking to voice of Muhabura, Mugisha Derrick, a parent of a senior one student says that he ensures that his children are engaged in an activity that can make them busy in order to deny them a chance of peer pressure.