The Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has attributed the poor performance of government aided schools to parents who have neglected them for private ones in the country.
Rukutana revealed that the government has done its part in paying teachers, implemented universal primary education and built infrastructures but some parents have frustrated its efforts after failing to perform their roles and instead resorted to taking their children to distant private schools.
He made the remarks over the weakened during parents consultative meeting of Ruyonza Primary School on the first leg of his campaign to tour all government aided primary and secondary schools to assess the situation and the challenges schools are facing in his constituency.
Rukutana urged parents to always monitor, supervise and act as whistle blowers without interfering the teacher’s roles if they are to revive the performance of Ruyonza PS.
He asked parents to always pack lunch for their children saying that a child cannot perform and concentrate in classes on an empty stomach, before warning government teachers to stop the tendency of complaining that they are poorly paid yet the teachers in private schools are being paid meager salaries but they are performing well.
He told them that salary will never be enough and is not a problem, noting that who feels not happy with the salary one is getting better quite the teaching professional to other business.
However, Rukutana also expressed concern over inspectors of schools that have no longer inspecting these schools as it was before.
He revealed that the inspectors now days their first inform the school head teachers and schools that they are coming to inspect such that they can prepare for them.
He contributed 12 windows, 40 bags of cement, solar panel and 6 lorries of hard core stones towards the cementing the floor and completion of a class room block.
The Ntungamo District education officer Arigye Odo hailed the Minister Rukutana for conducting the parent’s consultative meeting which has yielded good fruits.
The head teacher Katushabe Fredrick highlighted what have been done, what is being done and challenges and noted that next term the school will start boarding sector as the one of the ways to improve academic standards of the school.
Ruyonza primary school was started in 1960 as church founded school and was later taken by government in 1967 and it is one of the schools that have been performing poorly in Rubaare Sub County.