According to UBOS – NHPC 2014 Luuka district specific profile, 12.5% of children aged 6 – 12 are not attending school, a factor which contributes to the high district illiteracy rates at 32.1% among persons aged 18 years and above. Numeracy competence among school going category i.e. primary three – seven (P3 – 7) in East Central Uganda is far below the national average; 46.2% Vs 52.3%
It is only in primary five (P5) and above that a majority of pupils are fully successful at the primary two (P2) reading and arithmetic. This in part accounts for the observed low primary seven (P7) completion rate of 61.6%.
A combination of factors including but not limited to lack of basic scholastic materials, early marriages and poor menstrual hygiene for girls, no meals at school, distant schools from households, among others affect primary school attendance, retention and completion.
Additional factors include child labour practices such as children working in sugarcane plantations and insufficient schools’ inspection by district education office. Concerted efforts by all relevant stakeholders are key to enhancing education standards for Luuka district.