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School fees; You Can't Say Don't Increase School Fees When Everything Has Increased, UNATU Secretary

You Can’t Say Don’t Increase School Fees When Everything Has Increased – UNATU Secretary

General Secretary Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU), Filbert Baguma has said increasing school fees should not be an option.

The fact that everything has increased starting from fuel, it can’t leave the school fees the same. According to him, parents should understand but also schools should be realistic as they increase tuition.

“You can’t say don’t increase fees yet everything else has increased. The increment should just be reasonable.”

He says the ministry of education should stop the use of circulars and instead engage parents in a discussion of school fees.

“The Ministry should desist from sending circulars. They should focus on enforcement. We need to bring the parents into this discussion of school fees. There are gaps in enforcement. That’s why schools are all doing things differently,” Filbert Baguma said.

Meanwhile, Filbert commented on the ongoing strike of science teachers and blamed the government for it.

“The government violated the collective bargaining agreement and came up with a pronouncement. The teachers were waiting to get this pronounced into action. That is why you see they are not going to teach.”

Additionally, even the public said the government should walk the talk and pay science teachers just as other scientists.

“Government must walk the talk. If they recognize science teachers as scientists, then they must be paid as other scientists. Just like scientists in other sectors are paid differently from their fellows. For example, science teachers working in prison, army etc…are remunerated as other scientists,” a one Kawasse Musa noted.

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