To check on the illiteracy rates in Uganda, the National Resistance Movement Government under President Museveni introduced free access to secondary education at the “O” Level in 2007.
Under the USE policy, every government school with supported with a quarterly grant that is determined by the number of students in the respective school.
The Office of the National Chairman through her coordinators in Greater Bushenyi visited Kyamuhanga SS in Kyamuhanga Town Council in Bushenyi District.
The Headteacher Mr. Tumwebaze Wilson took through Ms. Peace Kansiime the ONC Coordinator on the numerous challenges faced by the school which has a population of 1030 students.
The school has a small computer laboratory that can not match the big student numbers which affects the extension of computer science lessons.
The school also remitted Ugx 64 million as a USE grant from the ministry through the Bushenyi District Local Government. Mr Tumwebaze the Headteacher is stressed over the continued remittance of USE grants with less Ugx 20 million every quarter for a long while.
Ms Kansiime stressed the National Chairman of the NRM who doubles as President HE Museveni’s call to not charge fees to students to scale up enrollment in all government-aided schools.
The headteacher replied to the ONC coordinator that the fee charged to the parents was resolved by the school management to enable the provision of food to students while at school and meet the school’s developmental needs in addition to the USE grant.
The school is also challenged with limited furniture (desks) to accommodate students and fewer staff on the government payroll which is constraining the provision of services as expected.
Our efforts to get the District Education Officer of Bushenyi District position over the situation at Kyamuhanga SS failed due to out-of-reach telephone contacts of DEO.