No More Food For UPE, USE Schools As Govt Scraps Essential Benefit
Members of the Parliamentary Committee of Education have agreed that the Ministry of Education should send a memo to schools directing on feeding starting next term.
This resolution was reached when the committee met with the state minister for Primary education Hon. Rosemary Seninde on Wednesday morning.
According to the minister, government spends approximately shs1trillion in feeding these kids yet the parents can afford to provide food for their children.
“Parents must take full responsibility feeding of their children,” Min Seninde said.
Committee member, Hon. Joseph Ssewungu, argued that if parents can afford to pay for for luxurious things like trips, they should also be able to pay for food for their children.
“UPE schools are always at parliament for trips and parents pay, government fears to charge them for food,” Ssewungu said.
The government has been paying shs41,000 for every USE student per term. This resolution is therefore set to reduce on the money the government spends on these students.