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Privatizing the Education Sector was a Bad Move-UPC

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The opposition Uganda’s People’s Congress (UPC) has described it as a bad move by the government’s earlier initiative of privatizing all sectors, including the education sector.

After the passing of the 1993 Liberalization Policy, the government gave the green light to private investors to inject into some sectors so as to save the then-struggling economy and reignite economic boom.

After the reignition of the school fees structure debate for both public and private schools by the government recently, a fresh controversy has been witnessed especially when the government made recommendations for both minimum and maximum charges of school fees.

Although it is still at the proposal stage, there is already a serious concern among all stakeholders in the education sector.

“UPC all along has advocated for direct government participation in key sectors like health, education and agriculture as guided by the model of a mixed economy” said Sharon Oyat Arach the UPC spokesperson on Wednesday.

Arach noted that the government fast-tracked private sector investment in education from the early 1990s to date.
“This has had an immediate negative impact on the education sector,” she said

This she said has cut-throat competition in the private sector that affects government-aided schools and public schools who go on increasing school fees and other school requirements from time to time to deliver.

“UPC is convinced that the more the government gets involved, the more it will pave a way for solving the challenges and predicaments affecting our education sector, which have been evolving since the 1990s to date. As UPC, we hope that the ongoing Education Review Commission will help to bridge the gaps in the education sector and raise its standard,” she said

Meanwhile, UPC has also urged the government to fulfill her promise and consider equitably enhancing salaries for the Primary school teachers and those of Arts and Humanities in the Post-Primary institutions in the budget for FY2023/2024 to avoid any industrial actions.

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