Several Kampala schools are in talks with suppliers to provide
them food on credit as they prepare to receive students following the long
shutdown by the government because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of school administrators interviewed by URN
say the COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the incomes of parents, which is
affecting tuition payment by parents.
Wonyaka, the headteacher of Bat Valley primary school says they are currently
engaging parents on how to feed pupils once they return to school during the
phased reopening by the government.
He says they are also engaging suppliers to
supply them the food on credit as they wait for parents to pay up.
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David Ssengendo, the headteacher of Buganda road primary
school, says that he has not made plans for feeding non-candidates.
start planning for the pupils that have not yet paid fees at the same time
still struggle with fees defaulters in the candidate class,” he said.
Richard Abura, the deputy headteacher of Nakasero
primary school says since meals are key for learners, they intend to engage parents
to ensure that pupils get meals at school.
’’Our children will have to get
meals and this will be fulfilled after negotiating with the suppliers for
credit,” he said.
Francis Kyassa, the headteacher of Midland high
school also says they are trying to coordinate with their suppliers to supply
food credit as they wait for the return of other learners.
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Zaujja Ndifuna Matovu, the Director Mbogo
schools explains that the school is already facing challenges of accessing food
on credit for candidates.
She, however, says that the
is almost stabilizing because suppliers are now willing to supply them on
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Edward Ssekiziyivu, the deputy headteacher in
charge of administration at Wampewo Ntake Secondary school, says that they already
drafted their budget for the term and food is the main item pending approval by
the school management committee.
He says after the approval, they will engage
their suppliers to give them food on credit as they wait for the fees from
students to clear the debt.
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some of the suppliers say many schools are already indebted and are approaching
them for more credit. Deo Walugembe, a supplier of assorted items in Kisenyi supplies
over 30 schools. He explains that most of the schools have huge debts.
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Dan Zirimenya, who supplies food to 12 schools,
says that many schools have breached the trust by not paying up. He says this
time he intends to sign contracts with the schools for the supply of small amounts,
which they can pay on time.