President Museveni recently asked Universal Primary and Secondary Education schools headteachers to stop asking for fees from learners. He said this act distorts government’s plan of promoting human resource development.
This plan is apparently needed for implementing the social-economic transformation agenda in the country.
“Let’s agree on the strategy that the route to socio-economic transformation is to remove obstacles that prevent children from poor families from attending school. Those learners especially from rural schools shouldn’t be charged,” President Museveni told Head Teachers.
He said this on Thursday afternoon while addressing 514 Secondary School Head Teachers coming from central. In attendance, along with the headteachers, were Patriotism club coordinators from regional and district levels.
The coordinators are attending a 10-day Patriotism and Ideological training at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi district. The training will climax on the 14th January 2023.
The president showed disappointment after learning that UPE completion rate is now at 32%. He learned that this is majorly caused by expulsion of pupils from school due to failure to pay the so-called lunch fees.
“Can you imagine, do you have hopes of going to heaven? Get out of lunch. Don’t chase children from school because of lunch. How does that help?” he wondered.
He further advised teachers to sensitize parents to organize packed lunch for their children and do away with this money issue.
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