• Authored By: Rehema Kahunde, Ambrose Ogwang and Corti Paul Lakuma
07 Jan 2023
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  • Published January 7, 2023

COVID-19 aftereffects: The impact of the increase in school fees on education businesses in Uganda

The country-wide reopening of Ugandan schools in January 2022 happened against a backdrop of rising commodity prices which significantly affected various institutions, including schools. In the bid to cope with the rising commodities and credit prices, some private schools increased their fees at the beginning of third term. This impacted the enrollment, which in turn countered the objectives of raising school fees.

Simultaneously, some schools were either financing an existing loan or needed credit, given the impact of the pandemic on the sector. Furthermore, the government’s directive of paying science teachers in government-aided schools a higher salary starting in July 2022 forced private schools to implement a similar policy to retain their own science teachers. This has not only created tension between the two categories of teachers but also demotivated arts teachers, leading to staff attrition.

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