“UPE & USE tailored to be day as opposed to boarding programmes” – President

Friday 6th April 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the government designed the Universal Primary and Secondary Education (UPE and USE) to be day as opposed to boarding programmes because it wanted the programmes to be affordable and available to all Ugandans.

The President made the remarks yesterday while commissioning the newly constructed St. Peter’s Secondary School in Kapelebyong County Amuria district, Teso Sub-Region.

The President stressed that in boarding schools a lot of resources are spent on accommodation, meals and other utilities that are not directly connected with education. He said that in designing the UPE and USE programmes, focus was put on basics to education that include provision of teachers’ salaries, the building of classrooms, teachers’ houses, libraries and laboratories.

He said affirmative action was only given to the Karamoja Sub-region that will have boarding schools and the Sebei sub-region that will have a few girls’ schools.

Turning to provision of other social services, the President said that the electricity that is already in Amuria will be extended to Acowa. He pledged to avail a motorized borehole to St. Peter’s Senior Secondary School to mitigate the institution’s water needs. He also assured the people of Teso of total security from the Karimojong warriors and said the government is working on modalities to compensate the people of Teso that were affected by the insecurity just like the case is with the people of Northern Uganda.

President Museveni cautioned students against the deadly HIV/AIDS pandemic and Hepatitis B saying that the two ailments are caused by promiscuity and reckless sexual lifestyle. He also urged parents to stop children dropping out of school and to reduce the children’s domestic workload to enable them concentrate on their studies diligently.

The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Jesca Alupo, appealed to the President that the disarmament efforts should be followed to total conclusion. She said that as people continue to settle on their land, there is need to double the effort to facilitate their resettlement efforts after being displaced for 32 years by Karimojong warriors. She reported that the people are happy with the peace prevailing in the area adding that they will support the Movement to consolidate the gains so far realized after the attainment of peace.

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