Kyegegwa Girls Shun Tooro Kingdom Bursary

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Girls in Kyegegwa have shunned the 80 million shillings bursary

Girls in Kyegegwa district have shunned bursaries from the Tooro Education Fund.  

The Fund, run by the Tooro Kingdom, earmarked 80 million shillings for girls who dropped out of secondary school and wish to continue with their education.

The bursary was to benefit 20 girls from each of the three sub-counties in the district. The sub counties are Mpara, Hapunyo and Kyegegwa town council. The bursaries were to take effect in January this year.

The money was for registration, school fees and purchase of scholastic materials for the beneficiaries for a year.  

But the Fund is stuck with the money because the girls have not shown interest in the programme.  

David Atugonza, the chairperson of the education fund, says that girls in the districtswere informed about the bursaries through radio announcements and the application forms were given to the local leaders to distribute to the girls but there has been no response.

Atugonza says that if the funds are not utilized, they plan to give the bursaries to other needy children in the district.     
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Claire Tusabe, a resident of Kygegwa town council, dropped out school in senior three when she got pregnant. She says that she is interested in continuing with studies but being a single mother of three children, she does not have the time to attend classes.

Tusabe says that she spends most of the day in Kyegegwa central market selling food items in order to get income and look after her children.

Rose Kemigisa, who dropped out of school in senior two, says that she feels embarrassed to go back to school at the age of 26. She also says that there is no justification for her to continue with studies because she fears she won't get a job after completing her studies.  

Kemigisa says she is comfortable doing her tailoring business in which she is sure of earning a daily income.

Margaret Tuhaise, the Kyegegwa District Education Officer, says that the kingdom education department should wait to divert the funds. She says that they are going to carry out mobilization in the sub-counties to encourage the target girls to take up the bursary.

Tuhaise also blames the kingdom education fund for failing to sensitise the girls about the bursary.

The kingdom education fund has given out several bursaries to students in Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Kamwenge who are enrolled at Uganda Pentecostal University and Mountains of the Moon University.


About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.