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
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
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
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
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
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.