Richard Oboi, the Soroti District Planner says that four billion will be spent on capital development especially the construction of classrooms, teachers’ houses and pit latrines while the rest of money will be used for wages and operations.
The education sector has
taken a lion share in the budget estimates for 2020/2021 financial year across
the districts in the Teso Sub Region.
In Kumi district, the education budget increased by more than
600,000 shillings from the current financial year budget of 10.1 billion
shillings. Kumi Municipality allocated 3.6 billion shillings.
In Ngora district, education was allocated 10.7 billion shillings
from the 22.2 billion total budget for the new financial year. Serere district
allocated the sector 16.2 billion shillings from the 43.3 total budget.
Soroti district allocated education department 13.1 billion shillings from the
37.7 billion shillings budget.
Richard Oboi, the District Planner says that four billion will be
spent on capital development especially the construction of classrooms, teachers’
houses and pit latrines while the rest of money will be used for wages and
Paul Omer, the Mayor Soroti Municipality says that whereas education takes a
bigger share of the budget, most of it will be used for recurrent expenditure
like wages. He, however, notes that the council has allocated 99 million
shillings for the renovation of The Pioneer Primary School in Soroti.
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Ben Eumu, the LCV Chairperson Ngora says the allocation in education is to
improve on the infrastructure and offer refresher training and conferences to
“We started refresher training and conferences last year for all our across the
district and we have seen results. We want to establish model schools in each
sub-county and this requires some money to facilitate all these activities. As a
council, we believe that education is key to success and development in Ngora
and Teso sub-region”, he said.
Kapelebyong that was recently carved out of Amuria district allocated 4.9
billion to education out of the total budget of 12.1 billion shillings.
Charles Okiria, the council speaker for Kumi district observes
that much of the funds appropriated in the budget will be for salaries and
other recurrent expenditure with little funds to the community.
He also notes that local revenue has been the main challenge in
the current financial year following COVID-19 lockdown and dwindling sources
for revenue collection.
“Reduction in local revenue has affected all the departments including garbage
collection and management, council operation and Physical planning among
others. Even then, central government releases which constitute 95 percent of
the total budget were also affected due to COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.