State minister for primary education, Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde has warned schools, both public and private against hiking school dues as parents return their children.
She said semi-candidate classes returned to school on March 01, and other classes were being expected to follow but it was unfortunate that some schools, especially private and some government-aided that charge dues had hiked the money, which she said was illegal.
“We should not forget that we were all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and schools should not expect to recover all the losses by hiking fees because parents were equally affected,” she said, urging parents too, to meet their obligations by paying fees on time and providing requirements to children as they return to school.
Sseninde was on Wednesday speaking at Nakiwogo Primary School in Entebbe Municipality where she launched her program of donating school bags to P1 and P2 pupils in Wakiso district.
At least 5,000 children in 15 schools have received the school bags donated by Chinese friends through the Sseninde Foundation and Kimbugwe Foundation.
At least seven schools in Entebbe Municipality benefited from the donation. The bags contain other scholastic materials like pencils, colors and a food container, which Sseninde said was intentionally added to enable parents pack food for their children.
She said non-provision of lunch to learners was still a big challenge and the ministry had come up with a policy directing parents to pack food for their day scholars who cannot pay for prepared lunch at school.
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