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Serere District Prioritizes Education in 2022/2023 Budget

According to the district budget read on Tuesday, the education department has been allocated 17.7 Billion Shillings out of the 37.2 billion Shillings budget.
Serere District Council Speaker, Henry Opio on the mask and the Clerk to Council, Gabriel Otiira.

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Serere district has prioritized education in its 2022/2023 financial year budget.

According to the district budget read on Tuesday, the education department has been allocated 17.7 Billion Shillings out of the 37.2 billion Shillings budget.

9.58 Billion Shillings will be spent on the payment of salaries to 1,316 primary teachers, and 150 Million Shillings for constructing two classrooms at Kateng and Jelel primary schools located in Kadungulu and Olio sub-counties respectively.

The district has also planned the construction of four stance-lined pit latrines at Kamurojo, Agwara Port, and Apuuton primary schools and the purchase of 103 three-seater desks for the same schools.

Stephen Ochola, the Serere LCV Chairperson says that they allocated more money to education to enable the department to address several challenges ranging from inadequate teaching staff, classrooms, pit latrines, furniture, and staff houses.

“There is a need to have schools fenced off to help protect the precious expensive equipment delivered to avoid destruction. Some of the schools like Kongoto, Jele, and Sapir have been destroyed by termites following the long lockdown which affected education.

We need more funding in the education sector to help our children learn in a conducive environment”, he said in his state of affairs speech to the council.

Next to education is Administration, and health which has been allocated 6.8 and 6.12 Billion Shillings respectively.

According to the estimates, 34 billion Shillings is expected from the central government releases, 2. 09 billion Shillings from other sources including local revenue and external financing.

Serere failed to pass its budget last week due to inadequate funds to facilitate councilors allowances. It is among the four districts in Teso that failed to beat the deadline of May 31st to have the budgets approved and submitted to the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development. The others are Amuria, Kapelebyong, and Bukedea districts.

Henry Opio, the district council speaker says they are still within the timeline for the budget approval.

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