Government through the ministry of education and sports is proposing a move requiring all private schools countrywide to charge similar fees starting next academic year.
According to Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the minister of state for education in charge of Higher Education, the ministry is optimistic that the proposed changes will bring about inclusive education for all regardless of parent’s financial status.
“I want to tell owners of both private and public schools that we are currently reviewing the education policy and the fees structure is something that we are looking at,” Muyingo said.
Muyingo noted that government will consult with all private schools owners and parents before passing the proposal that they hope will be put into effect starting next academic year.
However some private school owners have rubbished the move saying that government should first focus on other things like an education fund where school owners can get low interest rates to improve the standards of their schools adding that some government schools are badly off and cant ne compare their standards to private schools in order for learners to pay the same school fees.
The current policy allows private schools and some government owned institutions to determine their own charges.
Thirty five percent of all academic institutions in the country are government founded while the rest (65 percent) are privately owned.