92 Primary Schools to Miss Nutrition Project in Kabale

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Kenneth Baabo Sabitti, the Kabale District Education Officer says 31 primary schools failed to account for UPE funds for the third of the 2015 academic year while 61 others failed to account for the money they received in the first term of the 2016 academic year.

92 primary schools in Kabale district are to miss out on the Uganda Multi-Sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project for late submission of requirements and failure to account for UPE funds.  Uganda Multi-Sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project, is a Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) being supervised by World Bank.


 

The project aims at supporting Government's efforts to explicitly link agriculture, nutrition, health and education through school-based demonstration gardens and nutrition education.  Kabale District is set to receive Shillings 1.5 billion under the project five years. Each beneficiary school is scheduled to bag Shillings 15 million.
 
 
However, Kabale District Education Official say 92 out of 186 Government Primary Schools in the District will not benefit from the program for alleged failure to account for Universal Primary Education-UPE funds and late submission of the necessary requirements.
 
 
Kenneth Baabo Sabitti, the Kabale District Education Officer says 31 primary schools failed to account for UPE funds for the third of the 2015 academic year while 61 others failed to account for the money they received in the first term of the 2016 academic year.
 

Baabo says the head teachers of most the affected schools failed to beat the August 16th deadline for submitting the project requirements.  They were expected to submit the number of pupils and available land at the school.
 
 
 
He says that they rather move with a few schools that have clean records instead of considering schools, which can bring accountability problems.
 

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However, parents and head teachers of the affected schools are protesting the decision to leave out their schools. John Tirwakunda, a parent at Kyanamira Primary school in Kyanamira Sub County says District Education officials have made a very wrong decision which is going to affect their children.
 
 
Tirwakwenda says that education authorities were not supposed to punish schools that failed to account for UPE funds by excluding them from the Uganda Multispectral Food Security and Nutrition Project, since the two projects are not related.
 
Alozious Tumwesigye, a parent at Nyanja Primary School in Nyanja parish, Kaharo Sub County faults school heads for failing to submit the requirements in time yet they were aware of the project. Tumwesigye says as parents they tried to remind the school head teacher about the project, but he wasn't bothered.


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Loyce Kwesiga, the head teacher for Nyanja Primary school says that it is not his fault that her school will miss out the program, saying he accounted for the UPE funds.
 
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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.