The Ministry of Education and sports is to consider incorporating science students in tertiary institutions for a student loan scheme which is apparently only benefiting university students.
Dr. George Mutekanga, the assistant commissioner says tertiary institutions that are offering science related courses need to be supported due to the high fees burden the parents are facing.
Mutekenga however said, the scheme is only meant to support students whose courses are with the subjects of English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Agriculture.
“I want to encourage tertiary institutions to allow barter trade where parents can bring an equivalent of food items instead of tuition fees. This is allowed by the ministry,” he added.
The commissioner made the remarks during the first graduation ceremony of Gulu Institute of Health Science, a private tertiary institution in Koro sub-county, Omoro district.
The colorful function saw 370 and 163 grandaunts awarded with certificates in Nursing and Diploma in clinical medicine and community respectively.
Dr. Mutekanga’s reaction was ignited by John Okwonga, the director of the institution during graduation noting that fees defaulters were increasing a scenario that hampers the smooth running of the institution.
Okwonga however said parents have been pivotal in the growth of the institution noting that when it started eight years ago, it only had three students, a number which has now risen to more than 700.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, the director unveiled a plan to support staff upgrade in their training and shs200m has been allocated to this cause.
“As part of building good relationship with the community, we have decided to introduce a 40% deduction of schools fees to 40 needy students,” he added.
Agnes Wadda from Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board asked the grandaunts to uphold championship by practicing high level of professionalism during the practice.
Wadda says as health professionals, the country can achieve a lot of development if they practice according to the set standards.
“I want to commend this institution for the standards it has set in ensuring that it becomes among the best performers in the country,” she added.
Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro district chairman commended the institution for complementing the district during national health campaigns like vaccination and meningitis.