Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the budget allocation for the Education Department is aimed at expanding and improving school infrastructural facilities like classrooms, staff houses, energy and lighting, as well as water and sanitation among others.
Gulu City Council has allocated 13.7 Billion Shillings to the
education sector for the financial year 2021/2022.
The money is part of the 36.9 Billion Shillings’ budget proposal
for the City.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the budget allocation for the
Education Department is aimed at expanding and improving school infrastructural
facilities like classrooms, staff houses, energy and lighting, as well as water
and sanitation among others.
According to Okwonga, 70 million shillings out of the 13.7 billion shillings
shall be used to construct teachers’ houses at Pece Primary School while 64.5
million shillings shall be used to renovate three classrooms at Christ the King
Demonstration Primary School.
He added that 26 million shillings shall also be used to construct
five stance latrines at St. Kizito Aywee Primary School.
According to Okwonga, Gulu City allocated a lion’s share to
Education Department to enable them to realize its mission of supporting
special needs education for disadvantaged children, enhance institutional
quality to increase pupils’ achievement, and also eliminate gender disparity in
Josephine Anena Oginga, the Headmistress of Labourline Primary School in Gulu
City says the biggest challenge in the education department is the lack of
staff houses in most of the primary schools in the City, which has affected
timekeeping by the teachers hence, negatively impacting of effective teaching.
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Anena says that Gulu City authorities should also consider
rehabilitating roads leading to most schools since they are poor, making them
impassable during rainy seasons.
Gulu City also allocated 12.1 billion shillings for roads, 3.7 billion
shillings for administration and 2.1 billion shillings for the health department
Joyce Alima, the Gulu City Speaker says that Gulu City Council
will approve the budget for the financial year 2021/2022 on Friday 28th.