Ministry of Education has directed schools that are opting for online learning not to charge parents or students any fees for the activity.
In a letter dated 7th July 2020, The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Alex Kakooza says government fully supports online learning, but complaints are being received from parents and students saying that their institutions are asking for fees.
“This has meant that a sizeable number of learners, whose parents are unable or unwilling to pay these high charges, are being left out,” wrote Kakooza in part.
Kakooza also advises parents whose learners are doing international programmes, to discuss and come to agreements with the schools managements on the fees structure.
“The school management body should urgently engage parents of learners of the international curriculum to discuss and come to an agreed position on reasonable fees for effective online learning to take place,” Kakooza added.
Kakooza makes it clear that government is funding the development of the relevant materials by National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) to support home study for this group of learners. The school management should, therefore, guide learners to make use of these standardized materials, which are free of charge.