The Ministry of Education budget has increased to 3.28 trillion
Shillings in the coming financial year 2019/2020 up from an earlier allocation
of 2.68 trillion shillings.
The new allocation was on Thursday revealed to MPs on the education
committee by the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni.
In her statement to the committee chaired by Pallisa County MP
Jacob Opolot, Janet Museveni said that part of 3.28 trillion shillings budget,
1.84 trillion is for wage, 84 billion non-wages, 28 billion government developments
and 31 billion external financing.
The new budget allocation to the sector represents an increment of
504.6 billion from the current financial year 2018/2019 sector budget of 2.78
"That increment notwithstanding, the share of the Education
and Sports Sector Budget over the National Budget is projected to reduce from
11.08 percent to 10.26 percent which is still below the recommended target of
15 percent," said Janet Museveni.
She added that even with the increase in the sector budget, a
number of critical activities remain unfunded in the coming financial year.
They include the recruitment of 22,000 primary teachers which requires 18
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The Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza explained the increment in
funding despite an earlier indication of a budget cut from 2.78 trillion shillings
in the current financial year to 2.68 trillion that was highlighted in the
budget framework paper.
Kakooza told the committee that additional 17.7 billion shillings has
been provided for recruitment of staff under the BTVET institutions while 6
billion has been provided to equip community polytechnics.
An extra 500million shillings has been allocated for equipping special
needs schools, 500 million to National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) to
roll out Lower Secondary Curriculum, 800 million towards improving teaching
practice in all PTCs, 5.47 billion for retooling and capacity development and
The other areas which are benefiting from another 130 billion shillings
additional funding include wage for Centres of excellence and BTVET
institutions, grant aiding of secondary and primary schools, filling in
critical staffing gaps in schools for head teachers and deputy head teachers in
acting capacity, pension and gratuity and others.