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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF GENERAL EDUCATION, HON, DAVID MABUMBA, MP, ON SCHOOL FEES IN AIDED AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mr. Speaker,

The Vision of the Ministry is to provide ‘’Quality, Lifelong Education for all which is Accessible, Inclusive and Relevant to Individual, National and Global Needs value  Systems”. This implies that it is the responsibility of the Government and other stakeholders in education provision to ensure that education is accessible to all. In achieving this aspiration, the Government has made efforts to make education affordable to all eligible learners by reducing or completely doing away with school fees that were identified as one of the barriers to accessing education at various levels.

Mr. Speaker,

While parents are partners in education provision through cost sharing, the Ministry has continued to minimize the cost of education on the part of the parents/guardians towards the education of their children. This has been so in order to ensure that as many children as possible access education services. The Ministry has the responsibility to regulate the fees and in January, 2016 a circular on GCE and User Fees in Grant Aided and Public Schools which guided on the scale of fees to be charged was given.    However, despite the guidance given, schools have continued to charge high fees and numerous complaints from the public and other stakeholders have been received over high school fees. My Ministry has not been impressed with this scenario over school fees..To read more click here to download the copy

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