Mbarara ANT members including teachers cry out to the government
Members of the Alliance for National Transformation-ANT party in Mbarara city including teachers have cried out to the government to bail out private educational institutions and all teachers by providing financial or other form of support during this COVID-19 period.
The institutions reopened for candidates and finalists this month but proprietors and other stakeholders have decried difficulty in meeting the costs due to the situation caused by coronavirus pandemic.
They also want government to pay national examinations registration fees and provision of other necessities for candidates especially the needy.
Lubega Muhamadi Medi, the director of studies at Global High School but also city division councilor aspirant for Kakoba Central-Kyapotani in Kakoba Mbarara city south, says as teachers they have not yet received the shs22 billion promised by government.
Lubega asked the education and sports minister, first lady Janet Kataha Museveni to clarify on whether the stimulus package promise was on a serious note or not.
‘President Museveni promised shs2 billion plus shs20 billion promised by the government, we’ve registered, formed constitutions, registered with community development officer, and other requirements but we haven’t got even a single coin,’ Lubega added.
Government allocated shs1.5 million to each of its schools to assist in buying requirements to meet the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs in the fight against COVID-19, according to Mbarara district L C 5 chairman JB Tumusiime Bamuturaki.
The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB recently started a one-month long registration of candidates who must pay the following fees; Primary Leaving Examinations- PLE shs 34,000/=, Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE 164,000/= and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education – UACE shs 186,000/=.
Schools were warned against overcharging candidates.