Devise better ways of dealing with school fees defaulters

Reference is made to the article in Daily Monitor of November 5 about a head teacher who was jailed for blocking a pupil from seating for her examinations due to fees defaulting. It was an unfortunate incident for both the pupil and teacher.

However, I wish to suggest that to avoid this happening again, Uneb, the ministry of Education and school proprietorsadministrators should jointly find a solution to protect the interests of both pupils and school managers.

As practicing school administrators may attest, there are some parents who deliberately default on fees payment confident that Uneb and government will protect them. Uneb can never register anyone even when the candidate’s payment is less by one shilling! Why then expect the schools to play the “Good Samaritan role” in this regard?

In the past, school managers had a more effective way of extracting payment from defaulters whereby they would withhold results. However, today, students can access these results on their phones.

Therefore, if the student finds out that they performed poorly or if they have no plan of pursuing further studies, they will not bother collecting their result slip. Under such circumstances, how long will the school administrators have to wait before being paid?

In appraising this situation, we should endeavour to be fair to both parties and desist from depicting school administrators as heartless and inhuman. The truth is that they have rendered service to the learners and in all fairness, they deserve to be paid.

George Stephen Mukasa,
Stego educational consult
Kampala

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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