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Otunnu: Poor Students Denied Quality Education


case http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-endpoint.php geneva;”>Addressing the press on Wednesday in Kampala, http://clevelandheartlab.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/lib/class.media-summary.php Otunnu said Parents pass through “hell” while returning their children to school because of high school fees plus other school requirements.

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“Parents are always required to provide a long chain of requirements including toilet papers, brooms, reams of papers, text books, books and then the personal needs of the child. This has left many of them stressed up and disgusted trying to push their students to better schools,” he said.

He then called upon the government to help out the parents and do something to average the level at which school should set their tuition fees.

Otunnu added that most of the schools today are the mushrooming private schools and the few government schools under USE are termed as USE exempt.

“This means the good USE schools are now run as private schools which charge highly thus indicating that the government has failed to provide affordable quality education to the children of Uganda,” he asserted.

“On average basis, for a parent to take a child to a good Secondary school, one has pay fees ranging from Shs 800,000 to Shs 1,000,000 per term. However, this keeps on escalating per term,” said Otunnu.

The UPC leader emphasized that it is now very evident that education in Uganda is no longer the social equalizer it used to be instead the government implemented USE and UPE are meant to perpetuate gross inequality.

“However bright a child may be, if he or she comes from a poor background, then he or she cannot go to the best government schools because they are exempted from UPE or USE intakes. This is unacceptable,” noted Otunnu.

Otunnu remarked that this has led to a dramatic decline in the provision of quality education, basic skills in literacy among primary and secondary school leavers.

“This is moral criminal to the children of Uganda by the government and should be amicably condemned because it is hindering the development of this country, “he added.


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