Govt Warns schools Against Exorbitant Fees
In a statement, the Ministry said that it has already learnt of some schools that are planning to increase tuition or fees. FILE PHOTO

Ahead of reopening on March 01, the Education Ministry has warned schools to desist from demanding exorbitant fees from parents and students.

Ahead of reopening on March 01, the Education Ministry has warned schools to desist from demanding exorbitant fees from parents and students.

In a statement, the Ministry said that it has already learnt of some schools that are planning to increase tuition. But warned that just like it is for schools, parents too were hit by the pandemic.

The Ministry suggested that schools should review their budget to ensure that it fits all parties including parents, teachers and the students.

“MoES’ position is that schools must not increase school fees under the circumstances. School Management Committees and Boards of governors are advised to review their budget to address the concerns raised by parents on the issue of fees based on the length of the term that the learners will be in school,” part of a statement from the ministry reads.

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“The Permanent Secretary will sanction changes in school dues on a case by case basis under unique circumstances on the advise of the Directors and Commissioners.”

Also, the ministry drafted study periods for schools to adjust to. They said that students in different classes will be in school for different lengths of time following the school calendar that will soon be availed.

Relatively, the ministry also disclosed that it has learnt of some schools that are charging students exorbitant fees for face masks that must be bought at school.

The Ministry said that while it is good for schools to ensure that all its students get access to the right masks, they should not take advantage of parents to demand high fees.

“The Ministry has learnt that some schools are¬†demanding that as many as 3 masks¬†at 12,000/- per mask be purchased at the school. By any standards, such a price is too high! The Ministry has further learned that some schools are demanding jerrycans of sanitizer from the students upon reporting to school. Those schools should stand warned, they could be de-registered,” the statement reads further.¬†

Govt Warns schools Against Exorbitant Fees
In a statement, the Ministry said that it has already learnt of some schools that are planning to increase tuition or fees. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the Ministry clarified that they started distributing study materials (to schools) on Monday,15th February 2021. 

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The materials according to the Ministry will be distributed to schools and not to homes as earlier implemented.

“Government through¬†the Ministry of Education¬†received GPE funds for development and distribution of learning materials for primary and lower secondary schools. However, the GPE funds were not enough to cover study material for all learners, so Government of Uganda funds are filling the gap,” the Ministry indicated.

“Materials shall be distributed to learners in both government and private schools. Special needs learners’ materials are ready for distribution as well. Kindly note that all materials are FREE, and no conditions should be tagged to learners before learners can access these materials.