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Bushenyi Leaders Ask Parents To Supplement UPE Funding

The Sixth household based survey of learning conducted by Twaweza puts Bushenyi district in the 5th position Behind Mbarara in the 1st position and Isingiro in the 4th position out of 112 districts.The report further indicates that in numeracy and English reading, the proportion of competent children attending private schools is slightly higher than those attending government schools.

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The leaders in Bushenyi have embarked on a campaign to rally parents in the area to raise funds aimed at supplementing the funding gaps in government aided schools.

According to Peace Tibakuna, the district secretary for education and health, government aided schools in the area are battling a challenges of finance after parents decided to stay away and ignore paying any money on grounds that the government is catering for the needs of their children.

Tibakuna says that the insufficient funds from the government coupled with the suspension of the school facility grants that would cater for infrastructural developments at the schools, Administrators have been left to battle reluctant parents who says must change their attitude.

She who was on Saturday appearing on a talk show on Bushenyi FM to discuss the UWEZO learning assessment report revealed that findings which indicate that private schools were doing better that the government aided schools are factual. She however says that government cannot satisfy the needs of the schools if the parents decide to stay away and leave the teachers and head teachers to struggle with children.

The Sixth household – based survey of learning conducted by Twaweza puts Bushenyi district in the 5th position behind Mbarara in the 1st position and Isingiro in the 4th position out of 112 districts.

The report further indicates that in numeracy and English reading, the proportion of competent children attending private schools is slightly higher than those attending government schools.

Oscar Muhumuza a head teacher at Bushenyi town school in Bushenyi says that there is need for the parents to embrace their responsibilities especially paying money to supplement the efforts of the government is quality education is to be realized.

Carol Namara, of West Ankole Civil society says that parents have developed a tendency of abandoning their responsibilities and instead resorted to blaming teachers and education authorities.

Williams Ahabwe the Bushenyi district inspector of schools says that it is unfortunate that the parents have resorted to thinking that education is entirely free. Ahabwe says that the parents must be aware that the government covers only tuition which does not carter for all the needs of the schools and must get out of the comfort zones and invest in their children by supplementing the finances released by the government.

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