MARACHA. Maracha district has launched another award for the best performing pupils in sports and academics in primary schools.
The first set of the beneficiaries were the 89 footballers and athletes who won trophies and made Maracha be ranked highly in games and sports in national primary school championships this year.
Meanwhile, two candidates; a girl from St. Joseph’s private primary school who scored aggregate 7 and a boy in Atratraka primary school that excelled in the regional primary mock examinations were also rewarded.
Maracha district emerged second in West Nile regional mock examinations after Koboko district and was the fourth in national music, dance and drama competition.
Each of the beneficiaries walked home with a certificate of recognition and scholastic materials during the awards ceremony held at the district headquarters on Monday.
Eleven district officials who accompanied the participants were also awarded certificates of recognition for promoting talent.
According to Mr Cyril Ezama, the chairperson for games and sports in Maracha district, their competitors showed spirited efforts during the Kabarole national primary athletics competitions and Iganga national primary ball games 2019.
“In Kabarole district, the under 12 team were in the second position out of 106 districts and under 14 was in 11th position. When we went to Iganga district for ball games, the under 16 girls were 3rd out of 116 districts and under 14 both girls and boys were eliminated from quarter-finals,” Mr Ezama explained amidst applause.
Ms Flavia Osoa, the Maracha district education officer (DEO) said the good performance of their pupils did not only attract fame but also financial reward of Shs284m from the ministry of finance.
“The ministry gave us this money for co-curricular activities because Maracha district education department was fourth in the national assessment in co-curricular activities in the 2017/2018 financial year,” Osoa stated.
She observed that Shs106m out of the grant was allocated for supporting co-curricular activities in the district and the rest has been earmarked to build classrooms.
The male youth councillor for the district Mr Francis Govule who doubles as the chairperson for finance, planning, and social services committee called on the beneficiaries to build on their achievement to change their lives.
“Maracha has been known for Marungi chewing and the children considered useless but you have shown the world that you can do. I only need to urge you to concentrate on academics besides sports,” Govule stressed.
The Maracha resident district commissioner (RDC) Ms Esther Soet who presided over the ceremony said the talented youths were blessed by God to put the district on the map of the country.
“I’m proud that Maracha is also known for sports. Recently, the district excelled in sanitation, let us continue promoting talent in games and sports, music dance and drama. I was pleased when people from central called me to tell me they were thoroughly beaten by our children,” Ms Soet said.