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