THESE PARENTS NEED TO STOP COMPLAINING AND SEND THEIR KIDS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS OR ABROAD IF THEY CANNOT AFFORD THE FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Several parents of senior one students have expressed concern over exorbitant fees charged by government and private schools.
A mini-survey conducted by URN found that most schools request for huge sums of money under the guise of development fees and school requirements.
Senior one students have only studied for one week since their first term commenced. Senior 5 students are expected to start school on February 27 and parents should brave for more payments.
At Mukono-based Seeta High School, parents with new entrants are supposed to pay a mandatory Shs 300,000 for development fees on top of school fees and other requirements.
The development fees increase further at Uganda Martyrs SS, Namugongo [Shs 450,000] and St Mary’s College Kisubi [Shs 500,000]. Speaking at the closing of the senior one selection exercise recently, Alex Kakooza, the ministry of education and sports permanent secretary, warned school heads against illegal fees increments in schools.
“If any school [government and private] wishes to increase fees, it has to write to the ministry request to increase or charge any fees. And, it is only the permanent secretary that will give the school a go ahead or not,” Kakooza said then.
Paul Bazira, an administrator at Seeta High School, defends these fees saying that development funds provide a source of funding set aside for improving school standards.
He said that the previous year, the money was used to improve security with the installation of CCTV cameras around the school. But Edward Kanoonya, the head teacher at Kololo SS, said schools operating under the government Universal Secondary Education (USE) program do not ask for development fees.
“Our job is to offer affordable education as government caters for any development project that the school needs,” Kanoonya said, adding that if given the opportunity to levy development fees, he would eagerly do so since government funding is inadequate.
OBSERVERParents cry foul over school fees