â€œIf a parent prevents an eligible child from going to school, we are going to go after that parent.
â€œWe have given you a chance to send your children to school for free. What other reason then do you have to keep the child at home?â€ he asked.
Makubuya, who was on Friday officiating at the ministryâ€™s belated end of year party at Hotel Africana, said the number of UPE children had hit 7.3 million.
He warned parents against taking their children to unlicensed schools and urged them to take keen interest in the education of their children by co-operating with teachers and providing scholastic materials.
The Under Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, said the function was to celebrate the ministryâ€™s achievements in 2002 and to lay strategies for the future.
The Permanent Secretary, Francis Lubanga, said the ministry had met all the targets set by the Education Funding Agencies Group last year.
He commended the staff for dedication and diligence during this period.
Parents face prosecution over UPE