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Ministry of Education to Regulate School Trips

Sseninde says several parents have raised a red flag and blamed school heads for charging exorbitant fees for school trips. She explains that some schools organize trips, which do not add any significance to the school syllabus.
State minister for primary education, Rose Mary Sseninde, chatting with ministry officials and headteachers during a meeting at Gayaza Junior School.

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The Ministry of Education plans to regulate school study trips following complaints from parents.

This was revealed by the State Minister for Education Rose Mary Sseninde on Monday while meeting primary head teachers in Wakiso district at Gayaza Junior School.

 

Sseninde says several parents have raised a red flag and blamed school heads for charging exorbitant fees for school trips.  She explains that some schools organize trips, which do not add any value to the school syllabus.

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Sseninde says that the trips should have clear learning purposes and must be planned and conducted in accordance with the right procedures.

However, some of the teachers say that there is no problem with the trips as long as parents are willing to pay for their children.

Joy Nabankema, the deputy headteacher at Gayaza Junior School, says the children don't just go out without a cause.  She explains that the trips are important because they give an opportunity to students to know places outside the classroom.

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Nabankema also adds that most of the trips are suggested by the parents during school meetings.

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Dan Byaruhanga, the headteacher at Kiteezi Primary School, says some of the trips especially in secondary schools are educational and mandatory since there are compulsory questions set by UNEB from the same.

Byaruhanga notes that regulating study tours is a good move, but schools may bureaucracy is put in place.