The project will see 116 schools constructed. Of these, 84 schools will be constructed in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools will be constructed in the refugee-hosting districts. at least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting districts will also be expanded.
Members of Parliament have tasked the Ministry of Education
and Sports to revise the list of districts benefiting from the 529 billion Shillings’
secondary education expansion project.
The project will see 116 schools constructed. Of these, 84
schools will be constructed in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools will be constructed in the
refugee-hosting districts. at least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting
districts will also be
But several members of Parliament have opposed the project,
saying the government had not included a number of sub-counties in the program, while several
districts got more schools than others.
Arua Woman MP Lilian Paparu says that Isingiro district, for instance, has
several schools to benefit from the project, while many districts don’t have a
single school allocated for expansion or development. There are 15 schools to be
constructed in 15 different sub-counties in Insingiro while Abim,
and Agago districts, have only one school provided for.
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Bunya County MP James kabeketerya says it is unfair for
some districts to have up to six schools benefiting from the programme, yet
some districts have none and asked the Ministry to revise the
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The matter came up as Ministry of Education officials led by the Minister of State for Higher Education John Chrysostom
Muyingo, and Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the
Minister of State for Primary Education appeared before the Parliamentary
committee on education to defend a loan of USD 90 million and a grant of USD 60
million from the International Development Association of the World Bank.
Muyingo appealed to members to support the loan and grant
which will ensure that at least each sub-county has got a secondary school.
Muyingo says that as Government, they have noted that some new districts established
between 2015-2016 are not catered for but they will be in the future.
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Patrick Nsamba Oshabe, the Kassanda North MP says that Parliamentarians should not be taken up by the desire to have a school in their districts but scrutinize if the loan is necessary.
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However, Upper Madi Okollo County MP Isaac Etuka said the list is not
representative and portrays regional imbalance.
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Jonam county MP Emmanuel Ongiertho equally says the loan should not be passed in the
state it is.
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But Muyingo explained that some
districts had a comparative advantage because of their status as refugee-hosting districts but adds that the issues raised by MPs would be reviewed.