In 1997 the Government of Uganda launched the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program. The 1999 enrollment data collected by the headcount exercise and the school census of 2000 demonstrate that the program has been successful in increasing enrollment rates both for boys and girls. More than 6 million pupils were enrolled in primary education in 1999. However, available information suggests that there are high rates of dropout to the extent that only about 39% of the children that enrolled in primary one in 1997 managed to get to primary five in 2001.High levels of absenteeism, repetition, transfers and non-enrollment have also been observed.The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Sports and implemented by Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). In 2012, the school dropout rate was at a staggering 71% in the primary level of education. And data from the ministry of health indicated that the dropouts were higher for girls than for the boys.
What is the main reason for girls dropping out of schools?