Monday, 19 August 2013
KASESE STUDENTS COUNT FINGERS AS DISTRICT FAILS TO MAKE SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
Wise men say that “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. But this is not yet a reality for Kasese district local government after failing to kick start the scholarship fund that was to prove hope for brilliant needy students.
During a committee meeting for the works and social services committee on Monday, the secretary for social services was accused of failing to coordinate the technical staff in the education department to start the scholarship fund that was approved by council last year.
Committee chairman Mr. Richard Bomera said the reason behind the establishment of a scholarship fund that was aimed at offering bursaries to science students whose families fail to raise university fees.
Ms. Pelucy Kabagenyi was accused of failing to implement her role as secretary for social services because she is meant to be the chair of the district scholarship committee. She told the committee that a scholarship committee is yet to be in place only to be challenged by the District Education Officer Mr. George Mayinja who told councilors that she had not funded the interim one.
The scholarship committee is supposed to identify sources of money or fundraise from the corporate companies operating in the district.
Another source of the money is levying of a contribution of shs 10000 from every civil servant applying for a bank loan – a move which is on. Councilors wondered where they money is being taken since the fund is not in place.
The councilors have recommended that council takes over the whole responsibility of forming and approving the scholarship committee.