Members of Parliament sitting on the Education Committee have recommended a provision of Shillings 36 billion by government to the Education and Sports Ministry to kick-start the recruitment process of 22,000 primary teachers.
Education Minister Janet Museveni presented before the Education Committee this month a number of unfunded activities in the sector.
Members of Parliament
on the Education Committee have recommended a provision of 36 billion shillings
for recruitment of 22,000 primary teachers.
In its report to parliament presented by the committee Chairperson Jacob
Opolot, the Ministry of Education would over a period of the next five
financial years need a total budget of 132 billion shillings to recruit the
22,000 teachers with an initial recruitment of 6,000 teachers at 36 billion in
the next financial year.
Opolot noted that the 36 billion shillings has not been provided in the
proposed 39 Trillion shillings National Budget.
funds are provided, the Ministry of Education will recruit 5,000 teachers at 30
billion in financial year 2020/2021 and another 5,000 teachers at 30 billion in
financial year 2021/2022.
More 4,000 primary teachers are planned to be recruited at 24 billion in
financial year 2022/2023 and finally 2,000 teachers at 12 billion in financial
recruitment of primary teachers, MPs also approved the education committee
recommendation for the Finance Ministry to allocate addition 6.54 billion
shillings to the Education Ministry to facilitate the functioning of two
programs transferred by the Gender Ministry.
“The Committee notes that two projects, the Northern Uganda Youth Development
Center and the Uganda Scouts and Girl Guides Association, were transferred from
the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Ministry of Gender, Labour and
Social Development (MGLSD) respectively without any funds allocated. This
created a funding gap of Shillings 2.5 billion for the Youth Development Center
and Shillings 4 billion for the Scouts and Girls Guides Association,” reads
part of the committee report.
Parliament also approved a recommendation for the Finance Ministry to allocate 1.2
billion shillings to ensure that Primary Teachers Colleges (PTCs) conduct
teaching practice for the teachers as is required.
Opolot noted that out of the required Shillings 2 billion by the Education
Ministry to facilitate teaching practice in PTCs for 8,000 students at a unit
cost of Shillings 3, 000 per day for 84 days, only Shillings 800 million has
been allocated in the next financial year budget leaving a shortfall of
Shillings 1.2 billion.
He told parliament that teaching practice is a core activity for all student
teachers as it allows them to gain experience in practical classroom situations
and is a requirement before graduation.
Also approved by parliament is an additional allocation of Shillings7 billion
to cater for the promotion of 1,200 education officers.
Out of these 1,000, Assistant Education Officers are to be promoted to
Education Officers while 200 Education Officers will be promoted to Senior Education
The Education Committee observes that lack of promotions is not only unfair but
is also a source of discontent among the officers and ultimately affects their