MOYO. Parents in Moyo district have been blamed for the low pupil turn up for the national identification cards (IDs) registration exercise in the district.
The ongoing registration exercise at the various sub-counties is being organized by the national identification and registration authority (NIRA).
NIRA is conducting school to school registration of pupils for the national IDs.
But in Moyo, NIRA officials are said to be facing challenges in capturing the data of pupils whose parents are discouraging them from cooperating with the authorities.
According to Mr Siraji Madoyi, the Moyo district NIRA coordinator, his team is facing resistance from some community members including leaders who have discouraged learners from embracing the program.
He said most parents have asked their children not to accept to be registered on suspicion that their details will be taken for different purposes.
Madoyi said instead, some parents have forged national ID numbers of other registered pupils to cover up their biological children.
He said the act has greatly affected their operation thus making it hard for them to hit the intended target.
“I appeal to members of the community to cooperate with us by allowing their children to be registered in the remaining one month lest the program will be a failure in Moyo,” Madoyi said.
Madoyi noted that of the 18, 000 targeted pupils, they have only managed to register 6, 532 pupils in the last two months of the three months period given for the exercise.
But Mr Severino Obuni, the head teacher of Chinny primary school argued that the exercise may be facing challenges because many of the learners in the area were registered as refugees.
He cited an example of his school which has a total population of 1, 200 pupils of which less than 100 are Ugandan citizens.
Obuni said the school used to have a population of over 400 Ugandan pupils before the coming of South Sudan refugees in the district.
He, however, called for the intervention of Moyo resident district commissioner (RDC) and other district stakeholders in addressing the problem.
Meanwhile, Mr Geoffrey Drani Lio blamed the low turn up on NIRA’s failure to give feedback on the 2017 registration exercise.
Mr William Komakech, the Moyo RDC equally expressed worry over the exercise, saying it is likely not to succeed due to what he termed as ‘poor mobilization.’
He said the purpose of the activity is to ensure that all school age-going children are registered to access the Universal Primary Education (UPE) funds as well as using their national ID numbers for national examinations instead of index numbers.
Komakech encouraged parents to embrace the program which he said is aimed at promoting education.