UNSA seeks UGX 3b to Procure Mathematical Sets for Candidates

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In short
The demand stems from a survey conducted in 81 schools in 34 districts in Eastern Uganda in which majority of the pupils in candidate classes were sitting examinations without the mathematical sets. Jothan Yamureebire Burobuto, the UNSA National President said the students leaders were shocked to find pupils sitting mathematics examinations with no single one with geometrical requirements.

Uganda National Student's Association (UNSA) has asked government to avail them with Uganda shillings 3 billion to procure mathematical sets for school going pupils in Primary, lower and higher secondary schools. 

The demand stems from a survey conducted in 81 schools in 34 districts in Eastern Uganda in which majority of the pupils in candidate classes were sitting examinations without the mathematical sets.
 
The survey conducted beginning Jun 3rd this year for 24 days by UNSA found that over 87 per cent of pupils in candidate classes in Eastern Uganda Districts did not have mathematical sets, an important  component in examining mathematics, physics and Geography. 

The survey covered 34 districts in Karamoja region, and Eastern regions of Busoga, Bugisu, Sebei, Bukedi, and Teso. 
 
Jothan Yamureebire Burobuto, the UNSA National President said on Monday the students' leaders were shocked to find pupils sitting mathematics examinations with no single one with geometrical requirements.
 
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He further says that the students' leaders are not to relent on issues that affect students' quality of learning when the government is at leisure with excessive expenditures.
 
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On June 29, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Finance minister Matia Kasaija to urgently procure bullet-proof cars with "sharp shooters" from the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) to protect lives of the 456 MPs against what he termed "terrorists".

 
But UNSA president Burobuto says while this would cost over 400billion shillings, the students require only Ugx.3billion to be equipped with mathematical sets to help pupils improve performance in Mathematics, Geography and Physics.
 
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While UNSA accuses government of failing to provide sanitary pads to school going pupils, they insist on providing at least these scholastic materials to improve the performance of pupils in schools.
 
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Ministry opposed  
Ismail Mulindwa, the Education and Sports Ministry's Assistant Commissioner in charge of Private Schools says it is the responsibility of parents to provide for pupils with scholastic materials such as Mathematical sets.
 
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He notes that government operates on a budget and that for now it is not in its mandate to provide these sets.
 
"The budget is limited it cannot provide for these mathematical sets. For sure government cannot provide everything. We need to tell our parents, the importance, the relevance of these sets. How do you do mathematics without a set?"
 
Mulindwa says some parents are not providing some scholastic materials to their children simply because they are not sensitized on the value of these school requirements. He adds that government should embark on sensitization campaign to enable parents realize the importance of some of these items in order to fulfill their obligations.
 
 
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