Government Urged to Address the Social Exclusion in the Education Sector

Just hours after the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) youths petitioned their party leadership to withdraw from The Democratic Alliance (TDA), viagra 40mg the Democratic Party (DP) youth have also petitioned TDA questioning the presidential flag bearer selection process.

The DP youth believe that there is lack of transparency in the selection of TDA flag bearer alleging that there might be an invisible hand behind the selection which might end up in favor of that person.

“On this note, treatment TDA presidential flag bearer selection process should not be limited to a handful of people because we are selecting a president to redeem Uganda from a cannibalistic regime not a parish chief, ” stressed DP Youth leader, Paul Ssembajjwe at DP headquarters in Kampala.

Ssembajjwe in company of other party youth members observed that the process should be more involving, consultative where all Ugandans have the opportunity to contribute using different platforms.

“As DP youth, we demand that all the presidential candidates should address a live TV debate to address the country on the issues of the economy, security, employment, health, agriculture, administration, foreign policy and development cooperation as a way of sharing to the wider Ugandan community their strategy of delivering them,” Ssembajjwe insisted.

Ssembajjwe added that on top of this, candidates should go across all the regions to hold debates and interface with the people on the ground.

“As DP youth we offer ourselves to organize and mobilize for these debates rather than hiding the process from Ugandans. We finally pledge our support towards TDA to ensure that it does stand strong despite the many storms that it faces currently.”

“We know that there is an invisible hand of the regime which is working day and night to see that TDA is no more. As the youth of the party, we believe that TDA is built on fundamental principles under the protocol and not built around individuals. All members must put aside their individual interest but rather put a head the interest of our beloved party.”


Reports indicate that it was earlier programmed that TDA would hold a live debate on NTV but under unclear circumstances, the debate was called off which angered some of the summit members.

TDA is headed for retreat where it is expected to come up with a joint flag bearer before next week.


Government has been urged to work towards providing access to inclusive education for all since education is a universal right.

The call was made in a parallel discussion during the 2nd National Conference on Socio-economic and Cultural rights at Makerere Univerity on Wednesday.

Reflection was made on the ailing public education in Uganda and its outstanding implications on the low income people.

It emerged that those who can’t afford high fees get excluded from quality education.

James Tweheyo, here the Chairman Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) observed that there’s a significant performance gap between private owned and government schools in Uganda.

He expressed concern over failure of government to make UPE and USE schools centers of excellence as is the case with schools like Nabisunsa, ampoule Ntare, Buddo, Mbarara High School.

“These schools get infrastriucture with ADB funding simply because they have prominent people to lobby for them. Why can’t the same be done for the vulnerable public schools?”

Tweheyo also lamented over government sponsorship and the newly adopted student loan scheme which are based on science subjects.

This he said automatically sidelines students from non-private schools where resources for science are in scarcity.

“You can’t expect a student from a school without a laboratory and adequate equipment to perform and compete with those in high class schools” he said

However, Alfred Kyakka from the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology elaborated government’s emphasis on special needs persons saying more schools have been established to ease access.

“The issue of gender disparities is nolonger existing at primary school level. We have also made some achievements in alternative basic education” he added.

Mr. Kyakka also noted that a uniform curriculum has been designed for both private and public schools but admitted to the fact that there are cost variations.

The discussion raised issues on the need for government to consider partnering with not for profit schools which prioritize quality. Shortage of instructors of sign language around the country also emerged as a key concern of exclusion especially for the incapacitated.



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