PAYING school fees through banks can be painstaking. This is what most parents and students yesterday had to contend with in some commercial banks.
The New Vision did a survey at Uganda Commercial Bank main branch and Centenary Rural Development Bank on Entebbe Road.
At UCB main branch, there were three long queues with some of the parents sitting on the verandahs waiting for their turn.
Some of the students The New Vision talked to said they had come as early as 9:00am, but by midday they had not yet been served.
Security at the banks was manned by a combined force of the Police and the Army to guard against pickpockets.
Joseph Makumbi, one of the parents, said, â€œI have never seen this kind of congestion in the bank, we have been following the line for now almost one hour.
â€œSince this is the third term, I do not need this business of paying school fees in installments. The child must go to school and concentrate,â€ he said.
John Mutekanga, a guardian, also expressed anger over the congestion.
â€œActually I have been forced to cancel most of my programmes for the day to make sure that I clear all the fees for these children to go to school,â€ he said.
At Centenary Bank, the situation was even worse. The queues extended up to Metropole House.
â€œThis is my last time to pay fees on a Friday when on Monday is school time, I thought every thing was going to be a quick process, but it has turned out to be horrible,â€ said Bob Kiwewa whose child studies in Katikamu SSS.
John Nalumoso, a parent said, the congestion seems to have been aggravated by the fact that most peasant farmers and small-scale businessmen banked with Rural Centenary Bank.
Parents Rush To Banks To Pay Fees