Experts urge gov't on skyrocketing school fees

Experts urge gov't on skyrocketing school fees
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Amidst mounting concerns over skyrocketing school fees, experts have attributed the prevailing financial strain on parents to entrenched corruption within the civil service.

Experts argue that civil servants' salaries often fall short of meeting the exorbitant demands of school fees, necessitating urgent government intervention to regulate fees and alleviate the burden on families.

Recent social media uproar highlighted by a school receipt from Wakiso, prescribing school dues of Shillings 4 million, has prompted calls for government action to rein in excessive fee hikes.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament,  Thomas Tayebwa among others, has urged authorities to clamp down on schools charging exorbitant fees.

William Kagaba, a former educational proprietor, contends that the proliferation of exorbitant school fees is fueled by corruption and the desire of public servants to secure prestigious education for their children.

Legal academician Patrick Gukiina emphasized the need for the government to enforce Sections 3 and 5 of the Educational Act, which mandate the regulation of school fees.

Gukiina asserted that such measures are crucial in ensuring accessibility and affordability of education for all.

Analysts delve into the underlying factors driving school fee hikes, pointing to corruption and other dishonest practices within the public sector.

They warn of the adverse repercussions of costly education, which run counter to the National objectives and Directives of State Policy.

In light of these challenges, experts urge the government to address the root causes of exorbitant school fees before the situation worsens nationwide.

They highlight the disparity between the hefty fees charged by government-aided secondary schools and the resources provided by the government.

As stakeholders grapple with the escalating cost of education, the call for decisive government action to combat corruption and regulate school fees grows louder.

By prioritizing transparency, accountability, and equitable access to education, authorities can pave the way for a more inclusive and affordable education system for all Ugandan families.

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