Rukiga parents whose children scored first grades in PLE have called for government support towards school fees payment.
Parents revealed this on Friday February 10th 2023, while receiving a donation of 253 mattresses worth 12,650,000sh from the Rukiga District woman Member of Parliament Hon Kamusiime Caroline Muhwezi to 253 pupils who got a first grade in their primary Leaving examinations in Rukiga district which was held in Muhanga town council.
Muhendo Adah, Ahimbisibwe charity and Byamukama Alex parents and residents of Muhanga town council applauded the Rukiga district Woman MP Hon Kamusiime Caroline Muhwezi upon her annual donation to PLE stars.
They however said that it has been a tag of war to raise school fees for their children and the situation is going to be worse when they join secondary saying that the requirements are going to strain them more
They added. we have been paying160,000shs at Kyitaburaza, Kandango parents, Rusoroza,Nyabirelema and Bukoranye Primary schools, but we going to start paying over 500,000shs in secondary schools yet our daily income is at 2000shs only”
Parents further said that they have been doing casual work at 5000 shillings a day despite this economic crisis where a bar of soap is at 8000 shillings.
They called upon the woman MP to robe for a project in the government which would see the school fees for their children paid
Oscar Akampurira the Rukiga district speaker who doubles as the Director Muhanga Golden Nursery and Primary school commended the legislature upon her tremendous support on Education in Rukiga District.
Akampurira added that Rukiga started registering good performance in PLE since 2017 when the legislature launched her project of rewarding the PLE stars
Hon Kamusiime Caroline Muhwezi the Rukiga district woman MP attributed high performance of pupils in PLE to her project of rewarding the PLE stars with mattresses saying that it has motivated and brought a spirit of working hard to be rewarded among the candidates.
She further revealed plans of extending the same project to those children whose parents are unable to raise the school fees starting Next year.
Kamusiime showed concern on how some pupils who would be capable of scoring a first grade have been left out from accessing school fees due to school fees strains.
Hon Caroline Kamusiime started this project of rewarding PLE stars in 2017 and 145 pupils a got a first grade, In 2018, 161 pupils, in 2019, 187pupils, in 2020, 190 pupils, in 2022, 253 pupils.
By Ambrose Kweronda.