KAMPALA- Just days to October 15th 2020 the day set by the government for reopening schools especially for Candidates and Finalists, the government has released 2.6 billion Shillings to facilitate the safe reopening and operationalization of public schools.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and sporst Alex Kakooza says part of the released funds is capitation grants for primary and secondary schools, business, technical, vocational education and training.
Kakooza adds that another portion is also put aside to support the inspection and monitoring department which is at the centre of school reopening.
The government provides UGX 10,000 Shillings for each pupil under the Universal Primary Education (UPE). Those under Universal Secondary Education are allocated 41,000 Shillings and 85,000 Shillings for O’ and A’level respectively. This is in addition to a block grant of 100,000 Shillings per term.
50 percent of the grant is supposed to be used on instructional materials, 30 percent on co-curricular activities, 15 percent spent on school management, maintenance, payment for utilities such as water and electricity whereas 5 percent on school administration.
It is worth recalling that earlier when schools had closed by May, Ministry of Finance asked them to return funds they had received for the second term in the fourth quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year and halted the release of funds moving forward.
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