Child labour and Government’s free education policy In Ayivu county, Arua districtIn Uganda

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Kampala International University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study examined the influence of child labour on government’s free education policy in Ayivu county, Arua District in Uganda. A self made questionnaire is used to collect data in order to obtain four research objectives; 1) to identify the profile of the respondents, 2) to determine the extend of child labour, 3) to establish the level of success of government’s free education policy, 4) to establish if child labour is significantly correlated with government’s free education policy. And the study used descriptive survey design in order to compare the extend of child labour to success of Government’s free education policy. The sample of this study was 126 respondents from five sub-counties in Ayivu county, Arua District. Key findings from the studies were: (1) the profile of the respondents found that male (73.8%) children dominated compared to female. Majority of the Children were within the age bracket of 11-29 years (52.4%). The children were among the family size of 5-8 people (35.7%) in a family. Most of the children were born in Arua district (90.5%). Twenty nine percent (28.6%) of the children had an educational level of secondary or 0. level, similarly twenty nine percent of the children resided in Pajulu sub county. Male (83.3%) teachers dominated in the research compared to female teachers and majority (97.6%) were born in Arua district. Almost twenty nine percent (28.6%) of the teachers where within the age bracket of 30-39 years and 40-49 years. In addition, most (40.5%) of the teachers had family size of 1-4 or 5-8 people. Furthermore, majority (69 %) of them had diploma certificates, and were class teachers (54.8%). In addition, almost seventy percent (69%) the teachers work in government schools and majority (33.3°k) were residents of Adumi. that majority of the children are employed because they want to improve their standard of living (mean=3.39). The result also indicated that farming is the most common activities the children are involved in (mean=3.29). In addition, one to three of family members under 18 years of age are employed (mean=3.17). Male children are mostly employed (mean=2.88). Further more, it was found that most of the children search for the work themselves (mean=3.24). Most of the children start to work from the age bracket of 15-16 years (mean=2.85). Their terms of employment is mostly on short/casual terms (mean=2,83)
A Thesis Presented to the school Of Postgraduate studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Masters of conflict Resolution and Peace-building
Child labour, Education policy, Arua District