Information obtained from the World Bank website indicated Uganda will receive up to $240 million (approximately 889 Billion shillings) which will be paid back in 35 years with a grace period of 6 years. According to a cabinet decision passed on Monday, UGFIT-II will benefit both the education and health sectors.
The government is set to borrow over 1.4 trillion
shillings under two separate projects that will see the realization of two long
waited pledges of having a public secondary school and health center IIIs on
Part of the funds to meet the pledges which have been on
the government to-do list since 2016 is additional financing from the world
bank on the Uganda Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer Programme II-UGFIT.
Information obtained from the World Bank website indicated
that Uganda will receive up to $240 million (approximately 889 Billion Shillings)
which will be paid back in 35 years with a grace period of 6 years. According
to a cabinet decision passed on Monday, UGFIT-II will benefit from both the
education and health sectors.
A cabinet communique indicates that a portion of the said
money will be used to construct 134 health center IIIs in sub-counties that
currently don’t have any facility at all and also rehabilitate infrastructure
in the existing ones.
Besides, the government will use the loan to equip 285
upgraded health center IIIs and also construct a twin-staff house on each one
of them to enable the accommodation of health workers.
Meanwhile, Patrick Muinda, the Ministry of Education
spokesperson, says the portion allocated to the education sector will see the
completion of 115 Seed Secondary Schools and facilitate the construction of
additional 27 Seed Schools in sub-counties that were approved before 2016.
“The funds will strengthen the inspection system (through
the support of the roll-out of the Teacher Effectiveness and Learner
Achievement -TELA system), completion of on-going civil works in Decentralized
Tertiary (BTVET) institutions plus construction of Science laboratories in some
Government aided Secondary Schools,” a document from Muinda reads in part.
The document further indicates that the funds will also
be used to construct a multipurpose hall and two additional classroom blocks
for all 232 seed secondary schools that were planned under Uganda Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer Programme before 2016.
In the same development, the Government has approved a
$150 million (approximately 554 billion shillings) loan for a project dubbed
Uganda Secondary Education Expansion Project- USEEP which will enable construction of 116
new lower secondary day-schools.
Edward Ssebukuyu, the USEEP project coordinator, says that
the project will also be used to expand 61 existing government schools in 12
refugee-hosting districts which are currently overstretched due to the high
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According to the 2016 National Resistance Movement - NRM
manifesto, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pledged to construct a government
secondary school in each sub-county. However, this promise, which is again
reflected in the new manifesto, is yet to be fulfilled due to an inadequate
resource envelope as the country’s current budget expenditure on education has
Statistics from the Education Ministry indicate
that 615 sub-counties in Uganda have no government secondary schools. To handle
the matter, the government under the Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer
Programme-I embarked on the construction of 127 Seed Secondary schools in the
2019/2020 financial year.
At the beginning of this year, the
construction of the said seed schools in several areas had stalled. The
education minister Janet Museveni blamed the mishaps of the project on
disagreements about the location where the seed secondary schools should be
Several reports indicate that only about 50 percent
of the primary school leavers can go on to secondary school. The low enrollment
levels mostly affect girl children, refugees are partially associated with
financial constraints and unavailability of secondary schools in some