Learners returned to schools on Monday, January 10, 2022, after 22 months of closure over the COVID 19 pandemic. However, many learners are still home as parents hustle to return their children over lack of fees and other requirements.
David Kirere, the headteacher of Kabatunda SDA primary school in Kayabarugera Sub-county in Kasese, says that they have suspended parents’ contributions for this term until when they hold a general school meeting with the parents.
Patrick Nyonyintono the Director Kann High school says that several parents are making phone calls to the school administrators pleading with them to allow their children as they look for the school fees. However, they are finding it hard to allow them back because many still have arrears.
70-year-old Petwa Mukyala trekked a journey of 18 kilometers from Sakabusolo village in Mafubira Sub County to the RDC’s office in Jinja town on Friday afternoon. Mukyala told reporters that she has seven orphaned grandchildren under her care who she supports using the rental fees for her eight room
Often, children who are completing top class are dressed in gowns, before they receive their completion certificates. But the ceremonies are now heavily commercialized and equally criticized by educationists. Schools in urban districts; Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono, charge up to 150,000 Shillings to cover ‘graduation’ costs for each child.
Sources at school indicate that the pupils left school for their villages in Katakwi district on foot. Nickson Igulot, the deputy head teacher Moroto Army Primary School, says he is surprised that the pupils disappeared from school.
Eng. Frank Kitumba was evicted by a team from the University Estates, Works Directorate, security guards and police officers in what his lawyers described the eviction as unfortunate and contempt of the law.
Patrick Kaboyo, the National Secretary Federation of Non-State Education Institutions FENEI contends that money is fleeced from parents to pay hidden, illegal costs including coaching, high rated school trips, as well as costs for campaigns for the children at school in case they are vying for positions of leadership.
Abuka noted that although placing a charge on mobile money withdrawals would increase revenue, the tax is inefficient, uncertain and complex. He explained that the mobile money levy goes against tax policy
Ssebugwawo, a retired police officer, was killed together with six others including his 12 years old granddaughter on the 2018 New Years Eve. On January 03rd, 2018, President Museveni visited the crimes scenes in Kisojjo and Kyamabaale villages in Butenga Sub County in Bukomansimbi district.
With the school year coming to an end, some parents are eager to change their childrens schools before the start of the new school year. Both private and public primary schools are asking parents to pay interview fees for children that range from 10,000 to 150,000 shillings in some cases.
To complete primary education, Esther Mercy Akello requires a minimum of 500,000 shillings to pay her school fees for third term and afford requirements including pens, books and textbooks they were instructed to acquire. She says her immediate need is 150,000 shillings required for a learning field trip outside Gulu next month.
Two teenage children from Lira Catholic Diocese have walked to Namungongo Martyrs Shrine to pray to God, through the martyrs, to guide them through their education. Gloria Ayao has a single parent who has no money to pay her tuition. She wants to become a nun. Flavia Ejang lost both parents while still a toddler. Raised by her grandmother, she wants to become a teacher.
A student has committed suicide in Butansi village, Kamuli district, after learning his father will not be able to pay for him school fees. He had been informed by his father the previous day that he would not be able to pay his fees the previous day.