KAGADI DISTRICT LEADERS, HEADTEACHERS CLASH OVER LEARNERS’ REGISTRATION FEES
By Innocent Atuganyira
Kagadi district Chairperson Yosia Ndibwami B and the deputy RDC Benjamin Tumusiime have clashed with the school head teachers over the fees being charged in the ongoing nationwide Leaners Education Management Information System registration exercise in the district.
The head teachers have been charging 2000 shillings from each learner for the registration.
However during a heated meeting between the district leadership led by Ndibwami, the head teachers of both private and government aided schools held at Kagadi model Primary school in Kagadi town council on Thursday, Ndibwami explained that the registration exercise was meant to be free of charge according to the guidelines from the ministry of Education and sports.
He however explained that after being convinced by the IT experts that there was need by the schools to charge some fee to facilitate the exercise, the district leadership resolved that the schools charge 2000 shillings from each learner.
In his remarks, Deputy RDC Tumusiime also revealed that much as the exercise is supposed to be completely free of charge some schools were charging beyond the agreed amount.
He therefore threatened to arrest any school head teacher who will be found charging beyond 2000 shillings.
However the remarks by the two leaders provoked angry reactions from the school headteachers who argued that the 2000 shillings is too little to run the exercise.
The tough talking head teachers even advised the leaders to hire their own service providers if they are convinced that the 2000 shillings is enough to facilitate the exercise.
But amidst the uproar, the district chairperson and RDC directed that all school head teachers should charge only 2000 shillings from each learner, ensure that each learner accesses the Registration form and ensure their data is captured and leave the role of like entering it into the computer and uploading it onto the national web portal to the district.