Martin Obore Okiria, the head teacher Ngora High School and national chairperson ASSHU, says that most USE schools are going to find it very expensive to join the competitions.
Students of Mbale High School perform the Kadoodi
Schools under the Universal
Secondary Education-USE program are likely to skip the national secondary
school music, dance and drama-MDD competitions due lack of resources, the head
teachers have warned.
The national MDD
competitions, which were officially launched in Kampala on Monday, are meant to
allow students to show case their musical talents. However, most USE
schools are likely to miss the competitions, which are scheduled to start on
July 1 due to lack of funds.
The Association of Secondary School Head teachers of Uganda-ASSHU, notes that
several schools are kept away from the competition due to the funds involved. On
average, Shillings 8 million is needed to pay trainers, buy, costumes and music
instruments and facilitate the competitors.
Martin Obore Okiria, the head teacher Ngora High School and national
chairperson ASSHU, says that most USE schools are going to find it very
expensive to join the competitions.
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Catherine Onen, the head teacher of Kitante Hill School, says in addition to
buy instruments and costumes, they spend a lot of money hiring trainers. They
want government to train Music trainers so that each school has one.
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Each government aided school depending on its size receives Shillings 150,000 to
cater for co-curricular activities like sports and MDD.
According to the
Education ministry, the money is meant to supplement the costs of such
activities and not fund them fully.
Aggrey Kibenge, the Undersecretary Ministry
of Education, says that parents and other stake holders need to help government
support such activities in schools.
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Kibenge says this year; government has provided an additional Shillings 120million
for the national competitions. According to the organizing committee, an estimated
700M Shillings is needed to organize this year’s competition but only Shillings
200million is available.
The funds are meant to
cater for the regional competitions and the nationals. While some schools might
not be able to participate due to financial constraints, some are just
unwilling to do so.
David Mugisa, the MDD
Coordinator Ministry of Education, says that even schools with capacity to fund
competitions don’t participate. He says some schools look at the competition as
time wasting with very little value to add onto the academic performance of
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According to Mugisa, less than 100 out of more than 200 schools funded by
government, participate in the competitions.
This time round 117
schools are expected to participate in the competitions.
competitions will run between 1-15th June at the school level before they head
to the districts between the 8-13 of July.
Regional competitions will take
place between July 22-27 and finals 1-7 September. The competitions will be
organized under the theme-“Achieving Uganda’s 2040 vision”.