UPE School Head Teacher Arrested For Charging Fees

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Police in Kasese are holding the head teacher of Base Camp Primary school in Bulembia Division, Kasese Municipality for sending away pupils for fees. Base Camp primary school is one of the government schools implementing the Universal Primary Education-UPE, programme in Kasese district. William Malika Kule, was arrested this morning on the orders of Capt. James Mwesigye, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner. The Resident district Commissioner says he was irked by the number of children he met along the Kasese-Kilembe road headed back to their homes for school fees. Speaking to journalists in Kasese town today, Capt.Mwesigye said he found children loitering along the road. He immediately alerted the police, leading to the headmaster's arrest. But on interrogation, the headmaster told police that the money in question is not school fees but rather a fee for remedial training, intended to improve the children's learning. He said that the fee was agreed to during a meeting with the parents. President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly condemned the vice of charging UPE children with fees, and has often been heard calling for the arrest of anybody found charging fees in UPE schools. The RDC says that the headmaster must be prosecuted in courts of law.


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