KAMPALA — The future of 34 final-year students at Bumangi Community Polytechnic is at stake following the decision by the incumbent, Kalangala Woman MP, Aidah Nabayiga to cancel her sponsorship after losing her parliamentary seat.
The legislator has been supporting over 80 students.
Majority of the students are stranded since the legislator has turned down their request for support after losing in the just-concluded parliamentary elections to the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate, Helen Nakimuli.
Most of the final year students have resorted to fishing activities. 23 of the affected final year students are females while the rest are males.
None of the students has registered for the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board-UBTEB exams, which are scheduled to start on April 8th, 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 Community 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.
Kuule told the reporters that the affected students may be required to pay their tuition of Shillings 400,000 and registration of Shillings 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.
Kuluthum Nalubega, another finalist says some of her fellow candidates have decided to start a new life away from studies.
Some of the parents told URN on condition of anonymity that because of the operations against illegal fishing they cannot afford to pay tuition for their children.
The Kalangala Woman MP, Aidah Nabayiga couldn’t be reached for comment as her known mobile numbers were switched off. She has also been unavailable in the district since she lost the polls.