Museveni Threatens To Scrap UPE


diagnosis geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Museveni said the program would rather be scrapped and funds injected in more productive programs, if it is not serving its intended purpose.

He was Monday afternoon speaking at this year’s Heroes day Celebrations which were held in Mityana District.

A perturbed Museveni wondered how a project initiated by his government to benefit the poor could be commercialized to the extent that pupils are nowadays paying fees as was the case before 1996.

He blamed this on parents in the country who have failed to play their part as was agreed at the commencement of the free education program.

“My intention when we introduced UPE was to simplify life for the poor,” he said. “Our role and government’s would be to pay teachers’ salaries, build labs, classrooms and teachers houses, while we agreed that your part as parents would be to provide the children with lunch, books and school uniform .”

“But you despised my advice and now I have been told that you refused to provide your children with lunch. What is the meaning of that?” wondered the president.

He noted that government was investing billions of shillings in the programs and would not sit and watch it all go to waste.

“Now you have to sit and make a decision, so that if these billions are not helping, we take it somewhere else. While I thought that feeding your children was less expensive than paying fees, it seems that you have become very rich and you rather pay the fees!”

Parents at the function however pleaded with the president not to do away with UPE and promised to rectify their mistakes.

A one Hajjat Kalyango Aisha took to the podium and urged fellow parents to resume their responsibilities of providing lunch to their school children.

She also blamed part of UPE’s poor performance on lack of commitment on the side of government school teachers.

“Teachers in private schools are not paid much, but because they are committed, they teach, complete their syllabi and get good grades unlike their counterparts in public schools,” she said.


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