NCDC Seeks UGX 143Bn to Roll Out Lower Secondary Curriculum

The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) has sought an additional funding of 143.9 billion shillings to enable the roll out of the lower secondary curriculum that has taken 12 years.
National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Director, Grace Baguma before parliament's Education Committee.
The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) is seeking additional funding of 143.9 billion shillings to roll out the lower secondary curriculum. 

Appearing before Members of Parliament on the Education Committee, Grace Baguma, the Director NCDC highlighted the need for funds to be provided for the curriculum to be rolled out next year. She had appeared alongside other officials from the curriculum centre to present their budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020.

Baguma noted that a 5-year roadmap for the rollout of the lower secondary curriculum had been developed by the sector. She explained that various initiatives are underway to mobilise the required funding for preliminary activities in preparation for the rollout in January 2020.

‘’On 25th March 2019, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Sports wrote a letter to the Secretary to Treasury, Finance Ministry requesting 143.9 billion to facilitate the activities for the rollout,’’ said Baguma.

She revealed that out of the required 143.9 billion shillings, different key departments are to benefit as initial funding. These include NCDC 27 billion, teacher and Instructor Education and Training 29 billion, Instructional Materials Unit 49.7 billion and Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB 38 billion.

Baguma told legislators that the request to finance from the Education Permanent Secretary was followed by another letter from NCDC indicating the urgent need for funds. She said that among the prioritised activities are training of master trainers and trainers, training of teachers on the Senior One curriculum content and assessment modalities and printing teacher training manuals.

Kiruhura Woman MP Sheila Mwine together with Kashari South MP Nathan Itungo emphasised the need for funds to be allocated within the budget so that the curriculum is rolled out since it had taken 12 years without funding.

When tasked by the Education Committee Chairperson Jacob Opolot about the matter, Education Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza told the committee that requests for funding had been sent to the Finance Ministry and that they have been able to provide only 500 million shillings out of the 143.9 billion shillings. 

Opolot said that the availed money is inadequate to do any work on the curriculum roll out.

He promised that his committee will meet with the Finance Ministry to ensure that adequate funding is provided.

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