Education Ministry Suffers Shs 111Bn Budget Cut, Critical Programs to be Affected

Education Minister, Janet Museveni appearing before the House committee (Photo: @Bamulanzeki)

The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni has expressed worry that a number of Ministry activities may be hampered due to the reduction of the Ministry’s budget from Shs 3.3 trillion this financial year to Shs 3.2trillion in the next financial year.

The Minister made the highlights on Thursday while appearing before Parliament’s Education Committee to present the Sector’s budget framework paper.

The Minister said the reduction is on account of the donor-funded projects that are expected to exit the Public Investment Plan (PIP) upon conclusion.

“The projects include Albertine Regional Sustainable Development Project, Support to implementation of Skilling Uganda, Uganda Teacher and Social Effectiveness Project and Higher Education, Science and Technology Project,” she said.

Out of the proposed Shs 3.2 trillion sector budget for the coming financial year 2020/2021, Shs 1.8 trillion (55 percent) is wage, Shs 963.6 billion (29 percent) is non-wage, Shs 307.5 billion (9 percent) is Government of Uganda Development and Shs 204.45 billion (6 percent) is external financing.

Janet Museveni said that despite the increase in a number of activities by the sector, the Sector’s share of the national budget will reduce from 10.4 percent (in the current financial year) to 9 percent in the next financial year.

The Minister expressed concern that the ceiling in allocated resources constitutes a strain in the provision of quality education.

“Pupils in UPE have increased from 7,474,600 in 2018 to 7,624,490 pupils in 2019. Learners in USE have increased from 669,922 in 2018 to 707,980 students in 2019″.

She added that if the current budget allocation to the Education Sector is not increased, the Ministry won’t be able to carry out some critical and strategic activities that contribute significantly to the transformation of education and sports.

Some of the activities that will suffer due to the allocations include; the implementation of the new lower secondary curriculum across the country, operationalization of the Seed Secondary schools.

The Ministry will also not be able to roll out the Early Grade Reading Methodology to 27 districts which don’t have it yet.

“The operationalization of the National Teacher Policy and the TVET policy shall be stalled because there won’t be resources to fund the establishment of the National Teacher Council and TVET Council,” the Minister said.

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