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COVID-19 Impact: Owners Of Private Schools Want Shs100m From Gov’t For Each School

Owners of private schools want Shs100m for each school

The proprietors of private education institutions are asking government to provide with each private education institution with Shs100M as recovery plan ahead of the planned reopening of schools in January 2022.  

According to the group, there is an enrollment of not less than 20,000 Private educational institutions, which brings the amount to Shs2Trn.

Private school owners also claimed without evidence that learners enrollment in their institutions is over 9million.

The school proprietors made the plea while appearing before Parliament Education Committee that is scrutunising a motion tabled by some MPs seeking Parliament to urge Government to establish a Covid recovery fund to cushion private schools from the impact of the pandemic.  

Stephen Waako, National Secretary General of the National Private Educational Institutions Association Uganda (NPEIA-UG) defended the decision for Government to provide funds to private schools arguing that private education sector saves Government a big budget to finance the construction and operationalisation of public educational facilities accessible to all and at all levels of training.

“We hereby propose that a secured Private Educational Institutions Recovery Fund of Shs100m be granted per school as stimulus package to enable re-starting or jump-starting functional operations of the sector on health, safety and infrastructure requirements on SOPs. The Recovery Fund of Shs100m per school to be payable in a period of not less than 5years, secured by the school at not more than 5% interest per annum,” said Waako.

He also described as misleading the assertion that private educational institutions save a lot of money, saying reality shows that private schools charge similar or even less fees than their public or Government grant aided counterparts, yet taxpayers finance expenses, liabilities and pay all taxes at 100% of public schools.

The owners of private schools also want Government n to legalise tax waiver on private education institutions directed by the President in a meeting with NPEIA-UG on 16th October 2006.

According to the group, NPEIA-UG represents an enrollment of not less than 20,000 Private educational institutions, learners enrollment of over 9million.

The school proprietors made the plea while appearing before Parliament Education Committee that is scrutunising a motion tabled by some MPs seeking Parliament to urge Government to establish a Covid recovery fund to cushion private schools from the impact of the pandemic.  

Stephen Waako, National Secretary General of the National Private Educational Institutions Association Uganda (NPEIA-UG) defended the decision for Government to provide funds to private schools arguing that private education sector saves Government a big budget to finance the construction and operationalisation of public educational facilities accessible to all and at all levels of training.

“We hereby propose that a secured Private Educational Institutions Recovery Fund of Shs100m be granted per school as stimulus package to enable re-starting or jump-starting functional operations of the sector on health, safety and infrastructure requirements on SOPs. The Recovery Fund of Shs100m per school to be payable in a period of not less than 5years, secured by the school at not more than 5% interest per annum,” said Waako.

He also described as misleading the assertion that private educational institutions save a lot of money, saying reality shows that private schools charge similar or even less fees than their public or Government grant aided counterparts, yet taxpayers finance expenses, liabilities and pay all taxes at 100% of public schools.

The owners of private schools also want Government n to legalise tax waiver on private education institutions directed by the President in a meeting with NPEIA-UG on 16th October 2006.

One thought on “COVID-19 Impact: Owners Of Private Schools Want Shs100m From Gov’t For Each School

  1. But will it be possible for government to pledge 100,000,000 uganda shillings for each private school or institution.

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