BY APN REPORTER
Parents of Kagoma primary School in Butanda sub county of Kabale district have accused National Identification Authority (NIRA) officials in the district of extortion.
On June 05th 2017, Education and Sports Ministry, in partnership with NIRA, rolled out a national registration exercise of all learners aged, between five to sixteen in all primary, post-primary, secondary and postsecondary institutions. The exercise that was to end on 30th August was extended to end on 31st December 2017.
The exercise is intended help Ministry of Education Sports to establish the number of learners in school to aid in the Planning by removing impersonators, and securing learners’ qualifications, like Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Doctorates for employment.
However, parents at Kagoma Primary School a government primary school claim that officials from NIRA are charging them 2000 shillings, in order to register their children.
Pascari Byabagambi, one of the concerned parents and a resident of Makanga Village, says that two children were last week chased away from school for not paying the money for registration.
Byabagambi wonders why his two children were chased away from school for not paying money for registration yet the exercise is for free.
Vasta Twikirize, another parent wants district officials to intervene and question NIRA officials to why they are carrying out extortion. She says that she was forced to pay six thousand shillings in order to her three children be registered.
Alfred Bakeha, another concerned parent accused Jack Besigomwe, a teacher at the school for conniving with officials from NIRA not to register children who have not paid the money.
Jack Besigomwe, a teacher at the same school whom parents accuse to have connived with NIRA officials says that the officials came and asked the money claiming that it will help them to quicken the exercise
However, the NIRA Kabale District Information Technology Officer, Norman Nsenga, refutes the accusations of extortion saying that those asking for money are doing it illegally. Nsenga also promised to investigate the matter.