Mps Warn Education Ministry Against Scrapping Feeding Governmet Students
MPs on the education committee of parliament have asked the minister of education to rethink the policy of scrapping preparation of meals for government sponsored students.
Both Makerere and Kyambogo universities have initiated plans to halt the preparation of meals and instead advance feeding allowances to students who will then buy food from selected service providers.
This move has been received with skepticism by MPs on the committee who wondered how students will be able to survive on the proposed allowance of 4500/- shs per day.
The chairperson of the committee Connie Galiwango observed that if the government wanted to scrap feeding then it should do away with all government sponsored courses.
The deputy chairperson Jacob Opolot argued that the quality of feeding for students is going to deteriorate and yet the universities will only divert a small fraction of the funds that they have been spending on food to go towards student’s allowances.
MPs were meeting officials led by the minister of Education Janet Museveni to iron out issues they found wanting in her ministry’s policy statement for next financial year.
They also demanded for a clarification from the Vice chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on the fate of government sponsorship programme. Press reports have previously indicated that the university council endorsed a proposal to end government sponsorship.
Nawangwe refuted the media reports saying council had never reached a decision of the sort.