Kochi pupils dig to facilitate schools’ sports competitions in Yumbe
Pupils in Universal Primary Education schools in Kochi sub-county, Yumbe district, were recently forced to do manual work in order to fund their schools’ participation in a sports competition.
The organisers of the competition required each participating school to pay sh200,000, for food and other logistics.
Vincent Orale, a teacher in Kochi, said every after classes, pupils were encouraged to dig in gardens of residents at a fee. “It is this money that they paid at school,” Orale said. Schools could not fund their teams in the competitions because head teachers said they had not received UPE funds from Government this term. Second term ends next week.
Early this month, the State Minister for Finance (planning), Matia Kasaija, attributed the delay to disburse capitation grants for UPE schools to what he called Parliament’s failure to approve the supplementary budget for the funds.