Secondary school students arriving for the competition

Students from various secondary schools in Uganda and a few from Kenya have converged at three schools in Mbarara district, western region, for this year’s Teens and Tax competition, the climax of the Post Primary Schools National Music Dance and Drama Festival 2017.

Students practicing for their drama

The competition that is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Sports and sponsored by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNICEF, is taking place at three venues: Ntare School, Mbarara High School and Mary Hill High School in Mbarara district.

Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports, said the competition is aimed at imparting the tax paying culture among the youthful students in Uganda.

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The music and dance competitions (MDD) are held under the ‘Taxation in national development through poetry and better menstrual health management as a catalyst for ensuring the girl child education through speeches’.

“Partnering with the Ministry of Education and Sports in this Music Dance and Drama festival, we have opened the students up to a world of tax education, setting them onto a lifetime journey as tax compliant citizens of Uganda,” David Rusoke, the URA acting Domestic Taxes Regional Manager, Western region, said.

He added: “We are keen about inspiring students to pursue their education unwaveringly to give themselves a chance at a bright future.”

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