Protect the Poor: Urge Uganda Govt to Regulate Cost of Education in State Aided Schools
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Increasingly, government-aided schools in Uganda are charging very high fees, comparable to and in some cases more expensive than purely private schools that are for profit. This trend if left unabated constitutes a threat to the right to education in Uganda and contravenes Article 21 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda on equality and freedom from discrimination. We are concerned that children from poor backgrounds cannot access some government-aided schools even if they excel and yet the said schools receive state funding. For example, St. Mary’s College Kisubi on top of all the other tuition and non-tuition fees set a condition of a down payment of Five Hundred Thousand Shillings (Approx. USD 140) as special development fees to be paid before admission letters are issued out. Gayaza High School is charging Three Hundred Sixty Five Thousand shillings (Approx.USD100 )as entrance fee on top of all other fees bringing the total fees to One Million Seven Hundred Ninety Nine Thousand Two Hundred and Eighteen shillings (1,799,218shs). These schools are subsidised using public funds, but they are not affordable for children from poor backgrounds who excelled at primary level and are entitled to admission.
The status quo also defeats the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Leaving No One Behind.
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