Kabale NTC Officials Plead For Capitation Grant Increase

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In short
The government provides 1,800 Shillings for each student at National Teachers College to cover the basic necessities of students and general maintenance costs each day. But NTC Kabale Principal Benjamin Turyahikayo says the allocation is meaningless given the countrys inflation rate.

The administration of National Teachers College (NTC) Kabale has reiterated a call to the government to increase capitation grant allocations to their institutions.

The government provides 1,800 Shillings for each student at National Teachers College to cover the basic necessities of students and general maintenance costs each day. But NTC Kabale Principal Benjamin Turyahikayo says the allocation is meaningless given the country's inflation rate. 

According to Turyahikayo, 1800 Shillings is not enough to meet the cost of meals and other necessities for a student. He faults the government for remaining adamant amid pleas from college principals across the country for an increase in capitation grants. He also expresses dismay over the government's failure to release the allocations on time.
 
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James Tumwine, the Chairman of the governing council of NTC Kabale says that this is the time for the government through Ministry of Education and Sports to think about increasing the grant in order to give a befitting contribution to the students.
 
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Similarly, Prof. Elly Katunguka, the Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University said that the failure to increase the grant has left most NTCs in huge debt and affected the progress of NTCs across the country.
 
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The demands were made during the 10th graduation ceremony of NTC Kabale on Friday. Up to 1,610 students graduated after completing courses in teacher education programmes.

Elicard Web Ndyabahika, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Teacher Instructor Education and Training over Capitation grants to the institution advised the Principals to continue improvising as the government searches for options. According to Ndyabahika, there is no need for Principals to continue complaining because the Ministry of Education is already aware of the problem.
 
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Ndyabahika had represented State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo at the function.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


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