UPC calls for gov’t partnership with private school proprietors to save the huge number of UPE finalists

    UPC's head of media & comm. Muzeyi Faizo 

The leadership of Uganda people’s Congress (UPC) have urged government to partner with the privately owned secondary schools in the bid to mitigate the challenge of the high number of students from the Universal primary education which seems to be very huge compared to the available space in government’s Universal secondary schools across the country.

The call comes after the Senior one selections in Kampala for 2024 paused, leaving out over 130,000 candidates un admitted out of 648,662 eligible candidates to join secondary education.

According to UPC’s head of media and communications Muzeyi Faizo, the situation is so heart-breaking to the parents, candidates and the school authorities who have worked very hard since 2016 to complete the seven year-cycle of primary education.

Its upon the above context that Faizo urged the government of Uganda to initiate partnerships with the private schools so that the issue is resolved amicably.

“UPC calls upon Government to renew her partnership with potential private schools as it is the case with universities to absorb the stranded candidates” Faizo stated

He noted that although universal primary and secondary education is a good initiative, their funding should be given a top priority in order to mitigate and absorb the highly increasing number of students.

 “It is always better to plan for optimum facilities so as to ensure their maximum utilisation as opposed to under planning and get caught up at the tail end of the cycle like the situation at hand.” Said the head of media Muzeyi Faizo

In addition, he urged the government of Uganda to embrace technical, vocational education and training institutions as options for our primary seven leavers to undertake a wider range of vocational skilful courses such as welding and metal fabrication, plumbing, textile, carpentry, motor vehicle mechanics, brick laying and agriculture among others.

He further says, the hands-on skills and practical training at such a stage is very vital as the country is in shortage of such trained man-power at lower ranks, yet the world is increasingly getting more competitive with advancement in science and technology leading to innovations and increased productivity. 

“Let Uganda build it up from there to be in line with Build Uganda Buy Uganda (BUBU).”he revealed 

At the juncture, Faizo on behalf of Uganda people’s Congress party he eulogized the death of Namibia’s president H.E Dr. Hage Geingob who passed away last Sunday.

“This is indeed very unfortunate to lose such a great leader who was very active in the decolonisation and independence struggle of Namibia whose country (then) was under the mandate of the apartheid South Africa.” He painfully narrated.

Story by Derrick kanalo 

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