The President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Tibuhaburwa, while addressing the country in a phased lifting of the lockdown slated 15th October as a day of resumption of schools to finalists at all education levels.
With less than two days to the said day, government has allocated Shs 72 billion to aid in the due course of the resumption of the schools. It has released 52 billion and the 20Bn will be released later.
According to Alex Kakooza, the permanent secretary of the education ministry, 32 billion of the allocated funds is part of the candidates’ classes’ capitation grant.
The 20 billion shillings remaining will be used to top up schools’ funds to enable them to acquire the materials needed to observe standard operating procedures that were availed by the ministry of Health to prevent COVID-19 spread.
“The education ministry will also receive an additional shs 20b from Global Partnership in Education to help in the reopening of schools.” Kazoora said.
According to the education ministry’s planning, this money is enough for now and should be able to help all government aided schools.
The ministry of education further states that the funds for primary schools are already with the respective local governments, while secondary schools are likely to get the money early this week then followed by tertiary institutions.
These funds are meant to cater for government aided institutions which will be opening, starting with the finalists and candidates on Thursday this week.