Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports has directed all head teachers and school Managements entities in the country to desist from denying candidate students the chance to sit for their final UNEB Exams.
This followed a matter of national importance raised by Mukono South MP, Johnson Muyanja Senyonga in which he complained about the high school fees charged by government aided schools which is leading many students to drop out.
Muyanja’s claim was further supported by the Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya who noted that even though Parliament had asked government to reign in on schools who are charging high fees, this has not been done and many students especially those in candidate classes are being chased from schools.
“According to the National Planning Authority (NPA) statistics, many students are dropping out of school due to high fees from government aided schools. How come all the indigenous government schools have been turned into boarding schools and charge high fees?” Muyanja asked.
In response, the State Minister for Higher Education, Chrysostom Munyingo noted that a committee was set up to study and advise the Ministry on the issue of regulating fees, adding that right now the Ministry is considering the report.
Muyingo also informed Parliament that schools have been directed not to deny candidates an opportunity to sit exams. Failure to do so, the Minister asked the public to notify the Ministry.
“The Ministry has gone ahead to issue a circular asking them not to deny candidates the opportunity to sit exams because of fees,” Muyingo said.