NEBBI. Achieving quality education has become a challenge in West Nile with districts like Zombo failing to even attain first grade in national examinations, officials have said.

It is for this reason that Nebbi Catholic diocese education forum organised a one day workshop for different stakeholders on Thursday under the theme: “Quality education and improvement in academic performance in the greater West Nile.”

Mr Gerald Mukasa, the national education coordinator in the Episcopal conference said generally, something has gone wrong with the education system of Uganda.

He blamed the problem on globalisation and commercialisation of education from nursery to higher institutions of learning, adding that as a result, few people can now afford quality education.

Mr Robert Ochieng Odok, the director higher education in the ministry of education and sports noted that parents have been despising UPE yet it is the cheapest way to education since there are so many graduates who have passed through the system and are now successful in life.

He attributed the poor performance in UPE schools to low participation of parents towards their children’s welfare and absenteeism among teachers.

“Government is committed to recruiting teachers but they have lost self-esteem and that is why many are running away from the profession,” Odok said.

However, Rt. Rev. Santos Lino Wanok, the Bishop of Nebbi Catholic diocese said in order to achieve quality education, people shouldn’t lament and play blame games but work with passion amidst all challenges in the region.

“Quality education is achievable in our region only with commitment from all stakeholders who should play their responsibilities as expected,” Wanock advised.

Ms Bassie Ajilong Modesta, the outgoing Nebbi resident district commissioner said despite all the interventions in the education sector, the district is still struggling to push learners to attain first grade, a situation that is worse among the girl child.

“The girls are not taking education seriously because their parents are not supporting them in school. This habit must stop if we are to improve the performance of our schools in the region,” Ajilong said.

She added that children who have poor foundation normally fail to read and write thus affecting their performance.