KAMPALA- Uganda’s legislative body-Parliament, yesterday passed a motion seeking to compel government to subsidize the examination registration expenses for candidate classes at all levels of learning.
This is intended to cater to costs related to PLE, UCE and UACE candidate classes for 2020. The motion’ s mover, Henry Kibalya (MP Bugabula County South) raised concerns that the the limited period indicated by the Education Ministry, puts most parents at a disadvantage and might not be able to afford both tuition and examination fees as required by UNEB.
Hon Kibalya stated that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the economy and strained financial resources with the poorest population who are the majority in Uganda feeling the greatest impact.
Hon Joseph Ssewungu also defended the motion saying the government saved a lot of money when many activities were not carried out during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Let us use that money to pay for the student’s registration fees. The parents and guardians cannot afford this and they are crying out,” said Ssewungu.
Betty Ochan the Leader of Opposition noted that many schools will not manage to open if the government does not intervene financially.
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