Friday January 12 2018

Students’ leaders in Uganda want parents to form common body

Unsa speaker Imran Kasujja

Unsa speaker Imran Kasujja  


KAMPALA. Students’ leaders under their umbrella body of Uganda National Students Association (Unsa) have asked parents with students in secondary schools and other higher institutions of learning to form a common body through which they can be able to negotiate with schools’ authorities about the welfare of their children.

The call was made in Kampala Thursday by the Unsa president, Ms Winfred Nakandi while addressing Journalists.
Ms Nakandi noted that although students encounter some challenges like increased tuition in their parents rarely come up to challenge some of the policies because they don’t have a common body.

“Students, Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Nurses, Architects, Businessmen and even transport operators have their associations which they use to demand for the rights of their people. However, it’s sad that parents who actually pay the tuition for their children, don’t have a common body which can be used as a bridge between us the children and management of institutions,” Ms Nakandi said.

Her call was hinged on the abnormal increment of tuition by some institutions of learning, arguing that it’s unfair for parents to sit down and accept to pay the heavy costs without being consulted.
Recently, the media has been awash with reports of how private schools have been hiking tuition, making it hard for some parents to retain their children at their particular schools.

“If parents have a common body, they can engage government to stop such institutions from charging exorbitant tuition because some schools are really fleecing parents in the name of tuition,” she said.
Poor education system
At the same press conference, some students’ leaders punched holes in the current education system, calling it ‘outdated’ and that it doesn’t meet the market demands.

Mr Imran Kasujja, the Unsa Speaker said that although Universities in Uganda produce graduates annually, majority of them are still unemployed because they still have raw skills to manage particular projects.
“For instance, there are many civil engineering students who have since graduated but instead of giving them jobs, government hires people from other countries hence increasing unemployment. Why can’t our education system be revised so that we can start producing graduates with high skills like Chinese who are brought in to make our roads?” Mr Kasujja asked.

He said that it was a shame to government to keep on using the old curriculum which currently doesn’t help much.
“President Museveni has been in powers for three decades but the country is still rotating on the old education curriculum yet there has been calls by education experts to review the same,” he said
Mr Kasujja further tasked Parliament to interest itself in the matter to save the appalling education system.