The future of 34 final-year students of Bumangi Community Polytechnic is at stake after the incumbent Kalangala Woman MP, Aidah Nabayiga withdrew her scholarships after losing in the election.
The legislator who lost the election to National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate, Helen Nakimuli has been sponsoring over 80 students and has now turned down the request to continue with the financial support.
23 of the affected final year students are females while the rest are males. None of the sponsored students has registered for the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB) exams which are scheduled to start on April 8, 2021.
The remaining 46 students are also likely to drop out of school should they fail to find new sponsors. Morris Kuule, the bursar Bumangi Polytechnic, says that they haven’t heard from the legislator.
He is worried that most of the students are likely to drop out because their parents cannot support them. According to Kuule, the affected students are required to pay their own tuition of Shs 400,000 and registration fees of Shs 200,000.
Jordan Mutanginzi, one of the affected schools who have reported, says they are struggling to meet the school requirements without the legislator’s support.
Some of the parents said that because of the operations against illegal fishing, they cannot afford to pay tuition for their children. Nabayiga couldn’t be reached for comment as her known mobile numbers were switched off. She has also been physically unavailable in the district since losing polls.