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High cost of living threatens sustainability of schools

Following the government’s warning of not increasing school dues for both government and non-government schools despite the high cost of living, a section of school heads in Mitooma district have expressed concern about challenges they are likely to face throughout this term.

In an interview with our reporter on Tuesday, Benard Ahimbisibwe, the Head teacher Ryakahimbi Primary noted that they are most likely going to face financial challenges this term since prices of all materials they use have been hiked and they have to follow the government’s directive.

Ahimbisibwe also asked government to increase on the grants and subsidies they give to these schools if they are to remain sustainable.

Moses Tumuhimbise the Head teacher Mitooma junior School noted that as a private institution, they have been surviving on their own and therefore no need of government to put such a directive yet there are no measures put to assist these private schools.

He therefore asked government to come up with a planned strategy to give assistance to the private schools to enable them also sustain themselves.

Didas Nuwagaba, the Head teacher Uganda Martyrs Secondary school Ryakahimbi noted that increasing fees would be necessary due to sky rocketing prices of commodities.

Nuwagaba however revealed that unfortunately, parents are even failing to pay the past fees structure indicating that the situation is worse everywhere.

Nuwagaba added that if the governments warning is to work, they should work on giving schools some of the materials that take money such as textbooks, laboratory equipment among others so that the little money parents pay can work on feeding.

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