By our reporter
Most of schools across Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality have experienced early low turn up of students as the first term of the 2018 academic year opens today cross the country.
However, most schools are busy registering new entrants mostly in nursery section, others from Primary one up to Primary Six as well as Senior two to Senior three.
Most head teachers were found busy registering new entrants hoping this will change within this week.
Some parents say the timing of the start of the term is bad because parents rely on salaries and with the festive season they had, it was difficult to save for school fees.
A random survey conducted shows that many parents had not accessed financial institutions such as banks during the weekend as they were closed.
Long queues have been observed inside most Banks in Ishaka town as Parents and students earlier in the morning thronged them to deposit school fees.
These were obseved inside and outside Stanbic Banck Ishaka Branch, Centenary Bank Ishaka branch, Finance Trust Bank Ishaka branch and Kyamuhunga people’s Saco Ishaka branch as well.
However at UGAFODE, Pride Microfinance, and DFCU Ishaka branches it has been business as Usual.
Sylvester Tumwesigye, the acting branch manager Finance Trust Bank Ishaka branch has said parents and students of schools registered with them were already in the queue by 8:30am.
He added that the number of clients increased from 300 on normal days to around 500.
Most schools registered with Finance Trust Bank include Ishaka Town School, Paramount Secondary School, Ishaka preparatory School and Crane Vocational Institute.
Asked whether they have a reserved easing place for customers, Tumwesigye said unlike other banks, Finance Trust Bank has designated washroom for clients.
Pertaining transport fares, transporters have increased by 2000 and 1000.
From Ishaka to Mbarara it is now Shs.6000 from Shs.5000, Ishaka to Kasese Shs.12000 from Shs.10,000, Ishaka to Rukungiri Shs.10000 from 8000.
SOURCE: www.mknewslink.com, a greater western Uganda news website.