The Fatboy Show Presenter Fatboy has revealed that often people ask him to have children, without considering the costs associated with raising them.
He mentioned this during the morning show with his co-host Olive Najjuma as they were commenting on the statements made by the Director of Education Standards at the Ministry of Education Dr. Kedrees Turyagenda, regarding how the government will help parents who may not afford school fees once schools reopen.
The Minister who was appearing on a local television show advised parents unable to return their children to private schools because of economic hardships brought by the pandemic to take them to government funded schools when they officially reopen in January next year.
In response to the statements, Olive said that the minister seems detached from the situation around government aided schools which have acquired a name of providing poor quality education, especially the primary schools.
“If the government facilitated government schools properly, most parents wouldn’t have a problem taking their children to them. Back in the day, taking a child to Shimoni Demonstration School, Nakasero or Buganda road was fine. But if you visit the facilities today, as a parent who cares for their child’s future and the quality of education they get, you'll have to rethink your choice,” she argued.
In addition, she asserted that many government secondary schools in Uganda are similar to private schools, charging exorbitant fees in form of additional requirements even when the school fees are affordable. She referred to one government school whose fees alone was UGX 100,000 but with a development fee of UGX 1.5million.
Commenting on the same, Fatboy said that though he has a number of responsibilities, school fees has never been one of them because of his concerns towards the extreme costs of raising child(ren).
“A lot of people pressure me into having a child but they never consider the costs associated with bringing kids into this world of which school fees are the highest among these. It's more sad that in Uganda, a lot of men don't think about this but would rather be concerned about spreading their seeds and bragging about having bore many children yet most of them don't take care of these children,” he said.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.