MPs want gov’t fully reign over education system

Pupils in a classroom in Hoima City. (Image: Samuel Baguma/Kazi-njema News)

Members of Parliament want the government of Uganda to reign over both public and private schools saying they have different challenges that eventually rest on service seekers.

Mr David Kabanda, the Member of Parliament for Kasambya sub-county in Mubende district said that whereas private schools overcharge parents with tuition fees and pay their teachers too little a wages yet they work harder compared to those in public schools’ teachers in public schools are always not committed to work.

He said that although government privatised schools and also recruited supervisors it should retain the prerogative of managing the education system in the country to avoid any extortions and any other inconsistencies in the sector that cause disparities in the two service providers.

The law maker noted that teachers in private educational establishments work harder under strict supervision from school proprietors and produce better grades compared to those in government schools yet they are paid less compared to their counterparts in public schools.

He attributed the poor performance in public schools to stakeholders’ lack of fulfilling their supervisory and monitoring roles.

In a bid to raise the academic performance in public schools, Mr Kabanda challenged all stakeholders to always monitor head teachers and teachers in public schools so they can also perform relatively better like their counterparts in private ones.

Audio: Kabanda on education system (English)

Mr Kabanda was speaking on behalf of the Speaker of Parliament at the thanksgiving ceremony of Mr Josephat Tumwesigye, the Member of Parliament for Bugangaizi South constituency in Kakumiro district.

The ceremony took place at Igayaaza Seventh Day Adventist Church in Igayaaza town council, Kakumiro district.

On wages disparity, Mr Tumwesigye urged the government to consider the wage bill and also recruit more teachers to fill the vacuum in public schools especially at this time when they are overflowing with pupils under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme.

Nevertheless, the legislator urged teachers in public schools to work harder and produce better academic grades like those in private schools amidst the understaffing challenge that is suffocating public schools in the country.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) ruling party spokesman who also attended the ceremony, Mr Rogers Muliindwa, underscored parents and guardians’ need to prioritise education for their children for an academically elite society.

Audio: Muliindwa on education system (English)

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