As he spoke to local leaders in Kayonza, Ngoma and Kirehe districts on Monday during a performance evaluation meeting, he urged participants to deliver to the best of their abilities.
At the beginning of 2019, Eastern Province recorded 15,519 students that had dropped out of school.
Local leaders’ campaign conducted later led to returning of 13,196 students back to school but whereabouts of the remaining 2,323 were not traced.
Governor Mufulukye reminded leaders that there should be no excuses regarding children dropping out of school.
“We are told that some students went to study elsewhere, some are undertaking professional training while some have no reasons to give. We have a week to investigate the reasons behind visiting and interrogating their parents. If it is a matter of parents stopping children from attending school, punishments await them. We want all children back to school,” he said.
Mufulukye urged local leaders to work together to make the target successful.
The Director of Education in Ngoma district, Judith Murekatete said that some children who dropped out of school are working as domestic workers while others are employed in rice gardens.