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Ministry of Education Budget Increases

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 trillion shillings.
Education and Sports Minister Janet Museveni appearing before the Education Committee.

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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 trillion shillings.  

"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 billion shillings.

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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 others.  

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.

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