The Ministry of Education and Sports is set to engage 105 government-aided schools that are failing to embrace universal secondary education despite receiving funds for the program from the ministry.
According to the ministry, the government provides staff salaries for these schools, instructional materials and capitation development whenever the need arises.
Speaking before journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Tuesday, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary education, highlighted the cabinet’s decision on implementing free education starting the financial year 2024/2025.
Kaducu noted that new guidelines approved by the cabinet for all government-owned and aided schools warn that failure of these schools to embrace universal secondary education will result in the government withdrawing aid given to them.
“In all government-owned and government-aided schools, any form of fee or charge for the acquisition of permanent or immovable property that remains an asset of the school is not allowed. Any form of examination assessment fees that are not payable to an accredited or authorized international examination or assessment body, that too is not allowed,” she noted.
Government-aided colleges are educational institutions that are owned by private management but receive some aid to run them from the government.
However, the rules and regulations followed in these schools are the same as those of public schools. The curriculum, study materials, syllabus and examinations for each class of education, are done according to the government rules