Dr Jane Egau, the Director of Higher, Technical, Vocational Education and Training, notes that although domestic public funding for education has been growing, the percentage of spending on education has been steadily declining.
Ministry of Education and Sports is pursuing another grant to revamp and
transform the nation's educational system. The grant, to the tune of USD 216.3
million (approximately 840 billion Shillings), is expected to be
obtained from the Global Partnership for Education-GPE.
Jane Egau, the Director of Higher, Technical, Vocational Education and
Training, notes that although domestic public funding for education has
been growing, the percentage of spending on education has been steadily
Egau explains that the ministry has used a piecemeal approach to solve the current problems in several projects. However, if the
said grant is obtained, she says, the focus will be put on addressing the root causes of barriers to equitable learning and unlocking bottlenecks in the education sector.
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Egau further points out that the funds will cater for infrastructural
development, equipping of schools, curriculum and instructional
materials and breathing new life into the inspection directorate.
The fund will also help in the recruitment of new teachers to lower the
teacher-learner ratio among other critical things.
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on the ministry’s move, Dr Badru Musisi, a senior educationist and
lecturer at Makerere University, asserted that it would be preferable to
have such broad programmes targeting the entire sector as a whole
rather than concentrating on individual initiatives.
hastened to add, however, that it is crucial to ensure that the grant is
used for its stated purpose if it is obtained. Citing instances where
Uganda has presented 'lovely' ideas on paper but fallen short in practice.
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Musisi emphasized the need for the ministry to take a close look at the
sector's management and leadership practices as it considers how to
reform the industry. He pointed out that the bulk of programs and
initiatives had been unsuccessfully implemented because of inadequate
management, starting at the level of schools or institutions.
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in recent days, officials from GPE led by Fazle Rabbani, the Regional Manager of East and Southern Africa, have been in the country holding
meetings with the education authorities regarding the grant.
a message posted on her Twitter handle, the education minister Janet
Kataaha Museveni noted the delegation was in Uganda “to support the
education ministry to complete the partnership compact agreement, a
prerequisite document for a country before applying for the GPE 2
August 12, the said document was finalized and an agreement for the
grant was signed bringing Uganda closer to the funding. Uganda has previously received USD 15 million (55.8 billion
Shillings) from the same organisation to facilitate the COVID-19
Emergency Education Response project.