Kapchorwa Parents Paying for Free Services

Parents of primary school children in Kapchorwa arranged a meeting with the District Education Officer to address an issue that has puzzled them for a while. According to Musobo Michael, the head teachers of many primary schools in the district have been suspiciously asking parents for money before Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). A case in point is Kaplelko Primary School where the P7 pupils were reportedly required to pay USh 10,500/= to provide for payment for the supervisors of the just ended PLE examinations, as well as the cost for food for the candidates. “The parents feel cheated since this is not a fee that is sanctioned by the government,” says Musobo. Since Kaplelko is a government aided school, it is expected that the supervisors are posted by the government and are therefore on the government payroll.

- Nov. 6, 2013
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