Yesterday I learnt there is a private boarding primary school in Gulu where the children in P7 (year 6) get three hours sleep at night. They wake at 4am and begin lessons at 5am (I spoke to one of the teachers who taught from 5am). They have three practice exam papers a week which begin at 10.30pm. These exam papers often go for about two hours. Then the children can expect to get to sleep by 1am. That, to me, is a form of child abuse (or more aptly, torture). This is a relatively new private school and this is their first P7 class to sit for national exams. There is enormous pressure for this school to perform well… but torturing them to get there?

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