Opposition figure Kizza Besigye has offered to pay school fees for Deogloria Virtue Ejang, the girl who emerged best in the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations in northern Uganda.
Ejang, 14, from Otuke district scored aggregate 4 in PLE but has failed to join secondary school over lack of fees.
Even at primary level, she was being sponsored by her former school, St Kizito Nursery and Primary School in Lira Municipality.
St Kizito decided to offer the scholarship after Ejang demonstrated high level of discipline and hard work.
Commenting on the matter, Besigye said Uganda’s NRM/Museven junta, expectedly, doesn’t prioritise Human Development (Capabilities).
Regime survival and projects enriching Junta leaders is priority, Besigye noted.
“That’s why <5yr child stunting is 35%, Anaemic children 50% etc. Desperate children/families!!”
He added: “While we are still struggling to end the Junta rule, I invite all people of good Will and means to help such brilliant children get good education. Let’s pull together. While waiting for offers to help this girl, I commit to raise money for 1st term.”
Besigye said those who want to help Ejang can contact her father Bosco Ogwang directly on Tel Nos: 0782997333/ 0756551077.
Ogwang, a teacher by profession, works at a community school in Otuke.
He doesn’t earn any salary but gets Shs100,000 per month during school days when parents have contributed money.
In Ibanda district, best PLE performers Alfred Ainemaani and Vicent Tumwebaze, are also stuck.
Pupils who scored eight  aggregates in four  subjects do not have school fees to take them to secondary schools.
In follow-up to Universal Primary Education (UPE), the Government of Uganda introduced in 2007 its Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy in order to increase access to quality secondary education for economically vulnerable families.
The government pays the schools an annual grant of up to UShs 141,000 per student, spread over three school terms.
Parents, though, have to provide the students’ uniform, stationery and meals.