Addressing educational needs: A budgetary imperative

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Addressing educational needs: A budgetary imperative
A typical classroom block in Sironko district

The Ministry of Education has outlined critical funding requirements to address various challenges plaguing the education sector in Uganda.

From the takeover of struggling community and NGO-founded schools to the rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructure and the facilitation of extracurricular activities, these initiatives aim to enhance access to quality education for all.

Takeover of community and NGO-founded schools

A pressing need has emerged for an additional Shs30.2 billion to facilitate the takeover of 100 community and NGO-founded secondary schools facing financial difficulties.

Furthermore, Shs6.4 billion is essential to provide much-needed aid to 100 primary schools.

Despite the urgency of these needs, the required funds are currently absent from the 2024/25 national budget, highlighting the imperative for swift action.

Rehabilitation of dilapidated primary schools

Parliament's Education Committee has endorsed the Ministry's request for an additional Shs100 billion to rehabilitate 200 primary schools nationwide.

With almost 40% of government primary school structures in a state of disrepair, the safety and well-being of students are at risk.

This allocation is crucial to ensuring that all learners have access to safe and conducive learning environments.

Facilitation of secondary school games

In support of extracurricular development, the Ministry requires Shs29.304 billion to facilitate and support Secondary School Games.

However, only Shs6 billion has been allocated in the 2024/25 national budget, indicating a significant shortfall in funding.

Adequate support for such activities is essential for nurturing holistic student growth and fostering a well-rounded educational experience.

Implementation of free education initiatives

Parliament has recommended the provision of Shs309.162 billion to implement free education at both primary and secondary levels.

This initiative aims to alleviate the burden of exorbitant school fees faced by many families across Uganda, ensuring that education remains accessible to all regardless of socio-economic background.

Key cost drivers and allocation breakdown

District Level Capitation/Monitoring & Inspection: Shs8.5 billion

Instructional Materials for all schools: Shs73.2 billion

School-based Capitation Cost: Shs100.9 billion

Support of Special Needs Education: Shs690 million

School Welfare Grant (including feeding subsidy for staff and housing subsidy for teaching staff): Shs65.7 billion

Annual Continuous Professional Development for all teachers: Shs60.1 billion

By addressing these funding shortages and prioritizing the needs of the education sector, Uganda can take significant strides towards achieving its goals of equitable access to quality education for all its citizens.

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