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Lango: Educationists applaud government’s move to regulate school fees

“It is the role of the government to regulate the cost of essential services provided since human demands do not end,” Awany said, and to him, school fees is one of them.
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A rural school in Uganda. Courtesy photo.

Last Updated on: 5th January 2023, 11:49 am

Senior educationists in the Lango sub-region have applauded the government’s move to regulate school fees for 2023.

Kole District Education Officer, Tom Okare said the government’s move will help to curb the rate of extortion by some head teachers as well as reduce the dropout rates.

Like him, Josephine Acen, the district education officer for Amolatar said that the move to regulate the school fees structure will help. However, to her, this calls for a peaceful dialogue with parents earlier enough before school resumes.

According to her, some parents are not financially stable.

Director of Buluge schools, Richard Okullo said it is a good initiative, adding “though it comes with its challenges due to fluctuating prices of commodities like foodstuff, detergent among others”.

He, however, said that this won’t affect most schools in Lango since their school fees are relatively lower than the structure set by the government.

Meanwhile, Rev. James Awany, a senior citizen and also a retired teacher says the move will help regulate those whose school fees structure is to fulfil their interest.

“It is the role of the government to regulate the cost of essential services provided since human demands do not end,” Awany said.

He further noted that some of the schools also increase fees but do not even increase the number of materials to help improve the standard of performance.

Awany said some of these schools have, however, entered into the competition of increasing school fees, especially among the private schools.

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Alex Otuke, a parent, says the regulation will help “since displaying the amount of school fees will help in solving parents’ complaints of mismanagement of money paid by the parents”.

According to the proposed statutory instrument, the government has set a limit on school fees for both primary and secondary schools. The instrument notes that school fees for primary school should not exceed 690,000 shillings (day) and 1.2 million for boarding. 

Meanwhile, for secondary, the set fees for day scholars is shilling 960.000 and shilling 1.6million for boarding students.

By Nancy Atim

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