School Bars Over 400 Students for Unpaid PTA Fees – The Ankole Times

School Bars Over 400 Students for Unpaid PTA Fees

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
PHOTO -- Second Opinion
Jim Sykes Ocaya
2 Min Read

As the new academic term begins in Kapelebyong district, 463 students were unable to receive their report cards due to unpaid Parents Teacher Association (PTA) fees.

The PTA at Akoromit Primary School took action because parents hadn’t paid the required sh10,000 per term for PTA fees.

Students affected by the unpaid fees cannot attend school until the fees are paid in full.

- Advertisement -

According to Lazarus Edoku, the PTA chairman, the fee is necessary to support a teacher not on the government payroll and for school development.

Edoku stated that children who hadn’t paid the fees were sent home, while those who paid partially were allowed in after their parents cleared the remaining balance.

Charles Okorio, the school head teacher, explained that the decision to charge the fee was made collectively by parents and communicated to the district.

Despite having an enrollment of 1,015 students, only 552 had paid the fees, and on the first day of the new term, only 100 students showed up, mostly new enrollees.

The funds collected were designated for projects like constructing facilities for girls’ menstrual hygiene and maintaining the borehole.

President Yoweri Museveni criticized schools charging fees, emphasizing the government’s commitment to free education through programs like UPE and USE.

- Advertisement -

Museveni expressed frustration with schools disregarding the government’s directives to eliminate fees and threatened to introduce legislation to prohibit fees in public schools.

Share This Article
The Ankole Times
We come to you. Want to send us a story or have an opinion to share? Send an email to [email protected]
I've got feedback!
Jim Sykes Ocaya is the Business Editor at The Ankole Times, where he spearheads comprehensive coverage of the business landscape in Uganda. With a keen eye for market trends, financial analyses, and corporate developments, Jim ensures that The Ankole Times delivers top-notch business news to its readers. His insightful reporting provides valuable insights into the economic pulse of the region, making him a trusted source for the business community.
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *