Unregistered Schools in Teso Sub-region face closure
Authorities in Teso Sub Region have threatened to close over 50 private schools due to failure to register with Education offices in the districts where they operate from.
According to a sample of an on-line report from Uganda Schools Guide of 2018, Serere has 27 schools that are not registered while Ngora district has 24. Meanwhile, Soroti Municipality and Katakwi district have nine unregistered schools each while Kalaki district has three.
Patrick Emokor, the Soroti Municipal Education Officer, says some of the listed schools have operated for more than ten years, but also have issues with their premises and quality of teachers.
Emokor reveals that several business people ventured into school business without analyzing the risks and energy required to have them operate smoothly.
Ngora Resident District Commissioner Ambrose Onoria says that all unlicensed schools will not be allowed to open for the first term come February 3rd, 2020, adding that they have issued notices to all the schools that have not met the requirements to release children they have admitted.
Uganda has over 15,000 private primary schools against 12,042 government aided schools by 2018 following a move by Government to liberalize the education sector in 1993, opening doors to Private Schools and Institutions.