Ssenyonyi Calls for Improved Funding in Government Primary Education

ssenyonyi calls for improved funding in government primary education
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The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Joel Ssenyonyi, has urged the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development to raise the capitation grant for government-aided primary schools. Currently set at sh20,000 per pupil per annum, Ssenyonyi believes this amount is inadequate.

The capitation grant, designated for Universal Primary Schools (UPE), is intended for procuring instructional materials like chalk and stationery, items not provided by the government.

During a plenary sitting on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Ssenyonyi highlighted concerns about the untimely release of the insufficient grant, noting that it poses challenges for school openings.

Referring to the recent start of the new school term, Ssenyonyi pointed out that several schools have been unable to commence classes due to funding shortages. He questioned the delays in disbursing the funds, given the known opening dates of schools.

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Laura Kanushu, from the NRM representing Persons with Disabilities, echoed Ssenyonyi’s concerns. She emphasized the lack of learning materials for pupils with disabilities in government-aided schools, lamenting that this situation leads to poor academic performance among these students.

Minister of State for Finance, Planning, and Economic Development (General Duties), Henry Musasizi, attributed the delays in grant release to bureaucratic processes at the Local Government level. He noted that while sh134 billion had been released in the third quarter for the capitation grant, some districts were still processing the funds.

Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa directed the minister to provide a detailed statement on the matter during the session on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, with particular emphasis on the educational outcomes of learners with disabilities.

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