THE Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, has called upon parents to partner with the Government for the success of the free education programmes. â€œDonâ€™t abandon your children for the Government in the implementation of the Universal Secondary Education and Universal Primary Education (UPE) programmes. It should be a collective responsibility between the Government and parents.â€
â€œIf the Government provides school fees, then the parents should provide exercise books, uniforms and shoes,â€ Ssekandi said.
This was contained in a speech read by the Government Chief Whip, Matsiko Kabakumba, during a fundraising ceremony for the construction of a science laboratory at Buheesi SS in Kabarole district on Saturday.
He advised parents to provide lunch for their children. â€œSome pupils stay at school without any food and this affects their performance in class. The parents should have the responsibility of packing food for their children,â€ he urged.
He warned head teachers against sending students under the UPE and USE programme home for money. Kabakumba affirmed that the Government would ensure that UPE and USE schools have adequate infrastructure and teachers.
Over sh5m was raised at the function. Ssekandi contributed sh700,000 towards the project whereas Kabakumba donated sh300,000. Â
Help govt on UPE, parents told