Last month, Francis Banyange a parent petitioned the office of the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner RDC, Stephen Asiimwe; the Mayor Fort Portal municipality, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga; among others, arguing that there is extortion and misuse of funds at the government-owned school.
Buhinga Primary School in Fort Portal is on the spot over allegations of extortion.
Last month, Francis Banyange a parent petitioned the office of the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, Stephen Asiimwe; the Mayor Fort Portal municipality, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga; among others, arguing that there is extortion and misuse of funds at the government-owned school.
According to Banyange, in 2016, parents passed a resolution that each pupil pays 5,000 shillings for renovation of classrooms, and the money was to be paid for only that year.
However, to the surprise of Banyange and other parents, the pupils are still paying the money and the school has failed to provide accountability of the funds to the parents.
He adds that again in 2017, during a PTA meeting, the school head teacher, John Tinka Byamukama, proposed that each pupil contributes 6,000 shillings to help in renovation of staff quarters. The proposal was supported by all the parents.
However, he notes that the money that was supposed to be paid in the second and third terms is still being paid up to date.
Banyange wants Kabarole district and municipal leaders to compel the administration to provide accountability for the money and also explain why the period of paying was extended without informing the parents.
Fort Portal Municipal Education officer, Richard Alituha notes that the government in 2016 issued a circular banning Universal Primary Education – UPE schools from charging any fees.
He adds that the circular clarified that in times of an emergency, parents can meet and agree on contributing an amount of money until the emergency is solved.
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But Byamukama admits that it's true they collected the money past the agreed period because the construction works were still incomplete, but he did not explain why parents were not informed.