Schools raise Senior One fees

BY: RACHEL MABALA

Kampala: Parents across the country will have to dig deeper into their pockets after several schools announced an increment in Senior One school fees to cater for the rising cost of food and other commodities.

Selection for Senior One will be conducted on February 7-8, while the students will be expected to report to their respective schools on February 24.

The fees adjustments vary in the different schools from Shs15,000 to Shs50,000 while others made an increment of Shs100,000. For example, at Teso College, Aloet, each Senior One student will pay Shs800,000 this term, up from Shs750,000 last year. Those joining Gayaza High School will pay Shs1.2 million compared to Shs1 million paid last year.

According to Mr Charles Mpiima, the head teacher at Ssaku SS –Wobulenzi, the exorbitant extra fees are meant to cater for increasing costs of uniform and other essential utilities like electricity. “The cost of commodities usually determines what we charge and we cannot do much about it, ”he said.

Prices of scholastic materials like chalk, paper and food (posh) usually go up whenever the new term is about to open due to high demand in schools but supply remains static.

However, there are some schools that have maintained the fees as charged last year.

Mr Ali Sserugo, the head teacher Kinaawa High School, Kyengera said they had maintained last year’s fees of Shs730,000 for Senior Ones due to the bad economic environment in the country.

Mr Francis Agula, the commissioner government secondary schools said: “We (education ministry) put in place guidelines that whenever a school wants to increase schools fees, they must write to us. Most schools are in budgetary process and they will write to us to approve their fees. Fees for Senior One and Senior Five normally goes high because of uniforms, sportswear.”

With the increase in fees coupled with projected stiff cutoff point in top schools, parents are likely to face a difficult time in securing placements where they put their first choice.

fees structures for senior one

School fees (Shs)

St Peters Nsambya 780,000 (boarding)

Uganda Martyrs Sonde 50,000(boarding)

Blessed Sacrament 396,000

Sir Samuel Baker School 350,000

M M College, Wairaka 485,000

Kitgum High School 310, 000

Bwongyera Girls ,Ntungamo 508,000

Bukandula College, Gomba 300,000

Y.Y Okot Memorial College 250, 000

Kyebambe Girls School 660,000.

Nyakasura School 700,000

King Faisal Islamic Mityana 247,000

Mbogo Mixed SS 552,000

Christ the King 800, 000

Iganga SS 500 000

Rubaga Girls 770,000

Mityana SS 385,000(board)

Kawanda SS 500, 000

Uganda Martyrs 830, 000

Kasawo Islamic 300,000

St Elizabeth-Nkoowe 452,000

Mbogo High 740,000

St Charles Kasasa 567, 000

Kakungulu Memorial 750,000

Our Lady Bukulula 380,000

Mityana SS 85,000

Obote Coll Lira 700,000

Gayaza HS 1,200,000

Teso College 800,000

St Mary’s Col-Kisubi 1,300,000

Merry Land High Sch 755,000

Kitende SS 550,000

Ntare School 1,300,000

Masaka SS 725,000

Kings College,Budo 830,000

Gombe SS –Butambala 1,000,000

St. Henry’s Kitovu 900,000

Kyambogo College 401,400

Ndejje SS 1,500,000

Namirembe Hillside 1,000,000

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