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EDUCATION PS KAKOOZA DIRECTS AGA KHAN, OTHER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS TO STOP CHARGING NATIONAL CURRICULUM STUDENTS FOR ONLINE TEACHING

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By Mulengera Reporter

The Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary (PS) Alex Kakooza has written to Tony Eysele, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aga Khan Education Services Uganda (AKESU), ordering him and management to desist from compelling parents of national curriculum learners to pay fees.

Recently, a section of parents petitioned Education Minister and First Lady Janet Museveni to rein in some schools, including Akesu International School, Kampala Parents and Daffodils, which they complained were charging them ‘exorbitant fees.’ (See: PARENTS PETITION FIRST LADY JANET M7 OVER EXORBITANT FEES CHARGED BY TOP CITY SCHOOLS FOR LOCKDOWN ONLINE CLASSES).

Ms Museveni recently clarified that she was not opposed to e-learning but emphasised that education institutions should not leave any student behind. The Minister added that guidelines on remote learning had already been developed and would soon be announced by the National Curriculum Development Centre.

In his July 07 letter to AKESU, Kakooza noted that there was no reason why the school should charge learners under the national curriculum yet government was spending money to develop materials to support home study. He ordered the school to guide learners on how they can make use of the standardised free government learning materials. For learners under the international curriculum, Kakooza directed AKESU to urgently engage with parents and agree on reasonable fees amounts.

Kakooza’s orders will also apply to all other schools that offer national and international curriculum learning, the PS concluded his letter to AKESU. The same letter was copied to Ms Museveni and all education ministers of state, as well as the Director of Education and Social Services at KCCA.

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