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Parents Asked to Choose Schools Wisely

As one of the ways to produce more job creators in the country, parents have been asked not only to concentrate on having their children pass exams, but to consider what else they learn in schools.

At the launch of the latest Sauti za Wanainchi report containing Ugandans’ views on education matters, Mr Mukasa Lusambu, the Commissioner in charge of Basic Education in Ministry of education said most parents have a bias on government schools regardless of their standards and these end up taking their schools to private schools with low standards.

“Most of the schools are concentrating on passing exams with high grades, ignoring impacting children with knowledge. Passing exams doesn’t help the country to have holistic people,” the commissioner said.

Speaking at the event, Dr Maria Gorretti Nakabugo, the regional manager Twaweza East Africa asked parents not to take Universal Education programs as a political program but as a subsidiary put in place to help them raise children.

“Parents need to engage with schools because in schools where this is done work has been made easy,” Nakabugo said.

Mr Patrick Kaboyo one of the guests at the launch asked government to put in place a regulatory body for nursery schools with a duty of reflecting on what is taught there.

“The ministry should also come up and stop the printing of posters for primary school pupils contesting on various prefectural positions,” Kabogo adds

The findings of this report that was made by Twaweza ni sisi in the month of September and October 2018 from 1,878 respondents across Uganda, established that 46% of the parents don’t speak to anybody about their children’s problems at school.

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