Rubanda learners drop out of Schools to carry tourists’ bags, authorities worried


RUBANDA– High rate of school dropouts among school pupils and students is worrying school administrators and authorities in Rubanda district.

According to the Head teacher of Bubaare primary school in Bubaare Town council, Rubanda District Patrick Karenzi Bataka, the cases of school dropouts have been on high verge since the outbreak of COVID-19. 

In an interview with our reporter, Bataka said that ever since this year began, 4 girls in primary seven dropped out of the 66 that had reported.

He confided to our reporter that one of the missing pupils at his school got pregnant and delivered normally last week while the other three seem to have abandoned studies.


The Rubanda District chairperson Stephen Ampaire Kasyaba attributed the increasing cases of school dropout in the district to tourism, stone quarrying and high demand for timber. 

He said that most of the learners drop out of schools to carry bags for tourists to earn 20 dollars per day while others are busy quarrying stones and carrying timber.

Kasyaba appealed to parents to protect their children from selfish people who lure them into low paying jobs instead of advising them to first attain education that would earn them much in future.