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Bunyoro Leaders, Residents Ask Gov't to Formalise Cost Sharing in Public Schools

The Masindi LC V Chairperson, Cosmas Byaruhanga told parents to understand that there is no free education world over. He asked parents to always play their role by providing the necessary support to their children and forget free education.
28 Dec 2019 11:09
Residents and leaders from Bunyoro sub region want government to formalize cost sharing in government schools. This came up during an education conference organized by Recreation for Development and Peace (RDP) in partnership with Action Aid Uganda at the Education hall in Masindi town on Friday.  

Speaking during the Conference,  Joab Businge, the Mayor Masindi municipality, said there is need for government to formalize cost sharing in government schools so as to reduce negligence on the part of parents. He says this will also enable local leaders and law enforcement officers to compel parents to meet their obligations.  

Businge explained that many parents in villages have abandoned their responsibilities and expect government to do everything, which isn’t possible. Allen Akugizibwe from Miirya Sub County and a teacher at Kings College Buddo supported the proposal. 

He explained that since it is impossible for government to meet all the school requirements, it is important for parents to complement government efforts, which will lead to improved performance.  President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has repeatedly cautioned school heads against collecting money from parents with children in government schools. 

However, the school heads, District Education Officers and Inspectors of Schools, say they are left with no choice but to solicit support from parents because of the meager government grants compared to the number of pupils.

Ali Babi, a resident of Hoima district argued that for to attain quality education, government has to accept that parents have a role to play in supporting the education of their children. The Masindi LC V Chairperson, Cosmas Byaruhanga told parents to understand that there is no free education world over. 

He asked parents to always play their role by providing the necessary support to their children and forget free education. The Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma welcomed the idea, saying parents can contribute towards the education of their children. 

He however, warned head teachers against sending away the learners in case their parents fail to raise the required fees. He noted that district councils and school management committees can come out with resolutions but ensure they don’t affect other children. 

Robert Muhangi, the RDP Executive Director, said the conference was organized to enable leaders from Bunyoro region to come up with a position paper on issues, which can contribute to the improvement of academic performance in their area.

According to Muhangi, they will present the issues generated from the conference in the national education conference slated for December 30th, 2019 in Kampala.

By Yosam Gucwaki

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