Nakaseke leaders want primary schools coded to check dropouts 

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Nakaseke leaders want primary schools coded to check dropouts 
Minister Muyingo (centre) called on Nakaseke leaders to report issues on education to his office

Nakaseke District has m ore than eight qualified but non-coded schools that were constructed by different organisations such as Rose Namayanja Foundation, Save the Children and others aiming at providing education to pupils in remote areas.

According to the District Chairperson, Mr Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka, there are 11 parishes without government-aided primary schools but with non-coded schools completely relying on parents financial support particularly in salary payments and this is heavily straining them and they have started complaining.

"These people have started complaining that if the government can pay for teachers in all other subcounties and parishes, why do they have to remain outside the bracket and yet the policy is clear that every parish should have a government-aided primary school?" Koomu queried.

Koomu adds the district has picked some teachers from already coded schools and put them in those that are non coded but the gap is still big hence calling upon Ministry of Education and Sports to respond to their call as soon as possible.

"Our appeal is that the ministry should code these schools because however much, these schools were handed over to the district, the Ministry of Public Service is insisting that it's only paying teachers in already coded schools," Koomu added.

The Director of Rose Namayanja Foundation, which is supporting over 300 students to access education at different levels, Ms Rose Namayanja, says due to financial constraints of locals in the area, parents have been forced to withdraw their children from schools hence calling upon government to code primary schools to  minimise education expenses.

"I call upon leaders of this district particularly Members of Parliament to emphasise the challenge of non-coded schools, talking about this issue only in the media without following up doesn't solve the problem, I want them to be part of the solution," said Namayanja.

Through support from her Foundation, 120 students have been assessed and awarded Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT)  certificates.

It is upon this that Ms Namayanja urged locals to embrace technical skills such that they their work and efforts are recognised nationally, regionally and internationally to enhance their livelihoods.

The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Muyingo, who presided over the DIT certificate awarding ceremony at Nakaseke International Secondary School playground in Nakaseke Town Council, commended Namayanja for her efforts and dedication to promote education in the district and tasked the graduates to upgrade for more knowledge and skills.

Minister Muyingo, however, expressed concerns of leaders ignoring issues that are challenging locals especially in education and instead front politics focusing on complaining about failures of government.

"I promise to follow up on the issue of non-coded schools and am going to ensure that they are coded," he said.

"However, tell your leaders that they are welcome to my office and we discuss these issues because it's unfortunate that I am hearing this for the first time and yet you have representatives in the Parliament."

Eleven parishes out of 75 in Nakaseke lack government-aided primary schools contrary to the government's education policy that stipulates that each parish must at least have one primary school.

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