By Obed Kankiriho
KABALE-The minister of state for trade, industry and Cooperatives, Hon David Bahati has said that the government has heard the teachers’ outcry and is intensifying all means to ensure that Education sector runs smoothly.
Minister Bahati was on Saturday responding to concerns raised by the UNATU National chairperson, Zadock Tumuhimbise asking the government to increase the fund for UPE and USE students and enhance teachers’ salary at Kamuganguzi Janan Luwum Memorial Senior Secondary School in Kamuganguzi sub county in Ndorwa West County, Kabale district.
At the function, Minister Bahati who doubles as the area MP and NRM Chairman Kabale district, rewarded 97 Primary Seven Candidate who scored first grade with mattresses and blankets in Ndorwa West County.
Minister Bahati told Tumuhimbise that the government is looking forward to learners starting accessing school at no cost saying that the proposal was presented in cabinet sitting and they are now waiting for the feedback from ministry of Sports and Education before February ends.
He added that the government is working hard to improve teacher-student education and put more infrastructures in place to make sure, schools have laboratories, textbooks according to the required standards.
The UNATU National chairperson, Zadock Tumuhimbise asked the government to increase the fund for UPE and USE students and enhance teachers’ salary to revamp the performance of learners across the country.
Tumuhimbise says that the proposal raised in parliament last month of capping the school fees per section saying that a child in pre-primary should pay 695,000 Shillings and leaving the UPE and USE remaining constant at 17,000 shillings every year defeats human understanding citing that the needs of a learner in private school are equivalent to those of public institutions.
He also lashed at the government’s decision of asking parents to pay between Shs10,000 and Shs20,000 each term to ensure their children are fed on milk at school wondering if parents will afford the money if they cannot afford the 17,000 shillings for UPE and USE learners.
Tumuhimbise was backed up by the Kabale district Education Officer Moses Tumwijukye Bwenye saying that what matters is not seeing learners staying on empty stomach while at school but studying.
According to UNEB, 832,654 pupils sat for PLE exams from 14,691 school centers in 2022 and at least 714,702 candidates passed whereas 97,109 candidates failed Exams.
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