Dr Amuza Tusiime the Director Kasunganyanja Parents Nursery and Primary in Kasunganyanja town council says the school has run broke and now unable to clear some of its debts. Tusiime says the introduction of Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs called for high investments in general health facilities and yet they have and still expect few learners.
Private and government-aided schools in Bunyangabu District are
chocking on loans and salary arrears.
Private schools entirely depend on school enrollment to raise
resources for their operations. Similarly, government-aided depend on both
the learner’s numbers and some grants from the government.
However, the closure of schools following the outbreak of the
covid-19 pandemic and the gradual re-opening has hit the schools hard.
Christine Alinaitwe, the headteacher of Kimbugu Primary in Kibito
Sub County is worried about how she will maintain her teachers when schools
The government reduced the school’s UPE capitation grant from 2.3
Million Shillings to only 744,000 shillings when only candidates were allowed
back in school.
Alinaitwe says this money
is too little to pay over six teachers and meet other school operational
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According to Alinaitwe, she has been forced to use her finances to
pay-off some bills or relinquish some of the other school needs.
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Dr Amuza Tusiime the Director Kasunganyanja Parents Nursery and
Primary in Kasunganyanja town council says the school has run broke and now
unable to clear some of its debts.
Tusiime says the introduction of Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs
called for high investments in general health facilities and yet they have and
still expect few learners.
Tusiime blames the government for hoodwinking private schools that they will be
supported just like their counterparts in government.
Mary Yusita Akora the headteacher of Bunjojo Primary School says
that she will negotiate new terms and conditions with the teachers. She adds
that she has even failed to provide lunch for its teachers due to the absence
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In a bid to keep the school operating, Akora says that she has opted
to borrow interest-free money from some friends to deliver some of the school
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Taddeo Sunday Baruga the school director of Norah Light and Guide primary in
Rwimi is similarly struggling to pay teacher’s salaries and feeding the
learners. He says the 36 candidates could not provide enough resources to
pay all school operational cost.
The school in February acquired a loan with the hope that
government would soon re-open all classes.
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Baruga says most parents are struggling to pay fees which have
forced the school to run into loans to maintain the operations. He
appeals to the government to allow all classes to resume but also reminds it of
the pledge to support private teachers.
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At Nyakigumba town school in Nyakigumba, the School Director Stephen Tusiime
says that he borrowed over One Million Shillings for operations of the schools.
But Brian Ayebale the Director of Studies at St. Johns Kibito High
School in Kibito town council says they have managed to cope up with the difficult
times. The school downsized the candidate class teacher’s to be in a position
to meet their salaries.
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Stephen Bagonza the chairperson Quality junior school management
committee in Rubona says many schools have been forced to take out loans to put
in place the SOPs requirements ahead of inspection before other learners resume.