Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has appealed to schools’ proprietors and management not to turn away children who are unable to pay school fees and to meet other school requirements
Speaking to the media on Monday at the party headquarters, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda proposed that parents and guardians should be afforded a payment schedule covering a whole term.
“Requiring full payment from cash stricken parents at the beginning of the term is not only inhuman in the circumstances but prohibitive and discriminatory This is the second time that our children are reporting for studies after a two-year lockdown imposed by government because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
He explained that as a party they stand with parents returning children to school under very difficult economic conditions.
“Prices of all goods in the country have increased. And this is the worst economic time in our recent history. Worst because the population was still recovering from the effects of numerous lockdowns of their businesses and lives due to sometimes hysterical government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he noted.
Ssemujju demanded that government also relaxes some of the requirements imposed on schools and learners.
“All candidates in primary seven, senior four, senior six, and tertiary institutions must be allowed to sit for their exams including those who have not yet paid for Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) registration fees,” he stated.
He said children sitting for senior six must not be forced to produce a valid national identification card.
“In fact government should if absolutely necessary visit all schools to register those who missed registration in the previous exercises,” he said.
Ssemujju explained that enforcement of compliance to the Ministry of Education standards by all schools should also should be relaxed and staggered as schools themselves recover from the effects of the pandemic.