According to the Ministry, 116 schools will be constructed out of which 84 schools will be in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools in the refugee-hosting districts. At least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting districts will also be expanded.
The Parliament Committee on Education has approved a 529 billion
shillings loan for the Ministry of Education to construct schools in several
According to the Ministry, 116 schools will be constructed out of which 84
schools will be in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools in the
refugee-hosting districts. At least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting
districts will also be expanded.
Of the total funding of 150 million, 90 million dollars is a loan
and a grant of USD 60 million from the International Development Association of
the World Bank.
The committee chaired by Cuthbert Abigaba the MP Kibaale county also cleared
the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) Engineering brigade to construct the
schools, but with strict adherence to the law.
As the committee considered its reports on Monday, members
expressed mixed concerns over the clearance that was given to the Engineering
brigade by President Museveni.
According to Busia Municipality MP Geoffrey Macho, the recommendation that the
UPDF Engineering brigade is allowed to construct the schools as long as they
follow the law does not hold, saying that other contractors should be considered.
Abigaba however says although it is a Presidential directive, the right procedures
should be followed by the army.
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Brenda Nabukenya, the Woman MP Luwero says that the Public Procurement and
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Among the other recommendations of the committee, is that a new
mapping for sub-counties without schools should be done since Government is
currently relying on the 2015 mapping which may is invalid.
The committee also agreed that for the construction of schools to
happen in the sub-counties, there should be a Memorandum of understanding so
that there are no conflicts in the future.
The report will now go before the national economy committee which
will scrutinize the loan.