In a bid to enhance student understanding of taxation and building tax compliance, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has partnered with different ministries, departments and agencies through supporting music, dance and drama in schools.
Recently, URA was part of the national MDD competitions organised by the ministry of Education and Sports at Ntare school and Maryhill High school.
The ceremony that saw students dramatize taxation through reciting poems, plays, traditional dances, speech and folk songs attracted 47 secondary schools countrywide.
Like at every competition, there were winners identified and currently a team of URA staff is moving to the different schools awarding them.
Some of these schools included Buddo SS that topped the rest, Luzira SS, Bweranyangi Girls, Kyebambe Girls and Trinity College Nabbingo, among others. These schools are being awarded textbooks, trophies, branded mathematical sets and school fees to the best female and male students for one year.
For Ian Rumanyika, URA’s acting assistant commissioner for Public and Corporate Affairs, educating the young generation is part of URA’s strategic plan of; cultivating a taxpaying culture through provision of reliable services, leadership development and building strategic partnerships.
“The students are part of our strategic partners that need to be empowered with tax knowledge as this will in turn increase their level of tax compliance,” he noted.
URA’s target is to also engage primary pupils and students in higher institutions of learning and tertiary institutions. Also, tax clubs are yet to be set up in schools to further the taxation message among youngsters.