Several parents have allegedly been asked to pay for photocopying services on the account that the materials that were distributed by the government were not enough to cover the student population across the district.
Parents in Kasese District
are accusing the LC1 offices of charging them money to access learning
materials that were provided by the government. The Ministry of Education distributed self-study materials to facilitate continuity of learning as schools remain closed across the country.
Although the materials are supposed to be distributed at no cost, local councils chairpersons in Kasese are allegedly forcing patents to pay for them. Several parents have allegedly been asked to pay for photocopying services on the account that the materials that were distributed by the government were not enough to cover the student population across the district.
Medius Nyesigomwe, one of the parents says that the LCI chairperson
even attempted to beat up a stationary attendant
who had accessed a copy of the materials and was issuing them out to
parents. Nyesigaomwe says that village chairpersons have chosen to
monopolise the materials so that they can
fix their own fees.
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Jane Mubiira, a mother
of six from Kidodo cell was charged between 3500 to 9,000 Shillings for
different copies of the learning materials for her children who are in
different classes. She says the local council leaders rejected requests
by parents to find cheaper options for photocopying services.
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Mary Kabugho, another
mother shares the same sentiments. The mother of two children, one in senior three and another in senior four has
failed to raise money to access the learning materials. She was asked to pay 7000
shillings to get materials.
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Aaron Bwambale, a resident of Kidodo cell in Kasese municipality had to put up with all the costs to buy
the materials from the area LCI chairperson to ensure her children continue
learning. However, Mbwabale is
worried that most parents especially the uneducated may not be able to guide
their children when they are faced with challenges in the work.
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But Seleveno Ssebuwa, the secretary for elders in Kidodo
cell denied the allegation urging the fees cater for costs on re-seizing the large materials and photocopying.
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Kasese Resident District Commissioner Lt. Joel Walusimbi says he has received several complaints about chairpersons selling out the learning
materials to parents. Walusimbi says his team has interested itself
in the matter and will bring to book, all persons who will be found selling materials and prosecute them for frustrating government programmes.