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Minister Janet to Face Parliament over Hiked School Fees

Education Committee Chairperson Hon Connie Galiwango

The Parliamentary Committee on Education is slated to summon Ministry of Education officials over the hiked school fees and increased requirements by many schools that this week opened for second term.

Parents were on Monday shocked and many spoke out in anger at the rate at which school dues were hiked without clear explanations from  school authorities.

The fees increments fly in the face of a directive by the Minister of Education, buy Janet Museveni in line with the Education Act (2008) which demands that every school that wants to increase fees has to first seek permission from her ministry with justifiable reasons for doing so.

Many schools in different parts of the country however, overlooked this directive.

For instance, a Chimpreports survey across education institutions in the districts of Lira, Alebtong, Apac, Amolatar and Oyam, established that most private and government aided schools have increased fees by over 30percent.

Simon Okullo, the proprietor of Green Valley Nursery and Primary school, Alebtong district defended the increment reasoning that it is to cater for emerging operational costs and high commodity prices.

Speaking to Chimpreports at Parliament on Monday, the Committee chairperson, Connie Galiwango expressed dismay that schools were acting contrary to the Ministry’s directive shifting the burden to parents.

“Schools should not operate in any way they wish; there is a government in Uganda, much as we have challenges it should be in line with the Ministry’s directive so that they don’t go beyond certain limits; you find that each school is coming up with its own increment.

Galiwango highlighted a need for government to come out and save the parents from the frustrations that they are currently facing.

“We shall make a fellow up on the different schools and thereafter call on the Ministry to appear and explain why the issued directives can’t be enforced,” Galiwango said.

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