New Vision (Kampala)

8 January 2013

Uganda: Govt to Punish Parents Who Refuse to School Their Kids

Government has promised to punish parents who fail to take their children to school and also pay their lunch fees as a move to improve on the performance of the education sector in the country.

"As government, we have already alerted police to arrest both the parents and children who will be found loitering during school hours come next term," State minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo said.

The ministry intends to pass a law aimed at punishing parents who have fail to play their role as far as educating their children is concerned.

The minister said such laxity is greatly affecting the performance of pupils at schools.

Muyingo made the remarks during a service at Suubi Community church at Nyambwa village in Nyambwa sub-county in Luweero district.

He also toured Suubi Project, a non-government organization caring for over 200 disadvantaged children.

He said providing lunch for the children is the most essential requirement which can be provided to the pupils for their betterment.

His observation is that most parents - mostly in government schools - have failed to provide their children with the scholastic materials, which has accelerated the rate of school drop-outs.

The proprietor of Suubi project, Herbert Ndiwalana, told parents that every child has a talent and that everyone's talent can enable one "achieve great things in life".

He urged parents to be committed to support their children as it enhances their talents.

"Encourage your child to keep working on their talents even when they are tempted to give up because of the hard work it takes to hone one's talent," Ndiwalana said.

He said developing a child's talent builds their character and the longer the child practices, the more they learn perseverance.

He urged fellow Ugandans to respect leaders and also learn to forgive and love one another.

"We should have a sense of human nature and stop sodomizing people. If animals have respect for their country by not doing such inhuman acts, then why should humans shame our country?"

The service was attended by the former governor Haji Abdul Nasur, the Luweero district police commander Samuel Bamuzibire, Pastor Joseph Kiyaga and pastor Gary Sergeant of the United States of America.

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