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Private School Owners Ask Gov’t to Create Education Recovery Fund

Owners of private schools also asked government to create a fund through which they will access low interest loans to be able to recover from the negative impact of the pandemic.

Through their umbrella body, the National Private Education Institutions Association (NPEIA), the teachers said since the closure of schools on March 18, their teachers have not received any pay.

NPEIA said government has not provided for private school teachers in the distribution of food in Kampala and the schools are incurring high costs of utilities in maintenance of facilities.

“Parliament needs to enact a law providing for an Education Recovery Fund to capitalise schools to enable them easily meet their financial obligations, purchase the school operational inputs and save thousands of employees from being terminated due to insufficient liquidity” Mr Hasadu Kirabira, the officer-in-charge of national research at NPEIA, said while appearing before Parliament’s Committee on National Economy.

They also asked government to consider reopening schools for the second term in August, saying that they are ready to meet the standard operating procedures set it place.

In response, committee chairperson Syda Bbumba asked NPEIA leaders to present their demands to the Ministry of Education and Sports for follow-up.

Ms Bbumba also asked the private schools to take advantage of the e-learning system that has been used during the lockdown.

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