Government Pleads With World Bank on Education Grant

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In short
The grant by Global Partnership for Education supported by the World Bank is meant to construct more and better-equipped school buildings and housing for teachers working in remote regions of the country.

Government has been forced to revise its terms in order to access an education-led grant from the World Bank.

The 350 billion Shilling ($100 million) grant by Global Partnership for Education supported by the World Bank is meant to construct more and better-equipped school buildings and housing for teachers working in remote regions of the country.

The funds for the 230 schools to benefit from the program are also to support production and distribution of textbooks and train more than 24,000 teachers. It is aimed at improving teacher and school effectiveness in the public primary education system.

Education Minister Janet Museveni explained during the closing of a five-day government retreat in Kampala, that the grant was delayed after government failed to provide an Environmental Impact Assessment report of areas where the schools are to be built.

Mrs Museveni, who met officials from World Bank on Thursday, says due to tough conditions on the grant, government has agreed to revise the number of beneficiaries from 230 to 130 schools.
 
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Discussions on the grant took center stage on Friday evening as Finance Minister Matia Kasaija faulted the Ministry of Education over delays in utilizing the loan. Kasaija cited it as one of the examples of inefficiency in government institutions.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda also explained that in some cases, government departments borrow money before feasibility studies are conducted, which attracts penalties when not utilized.

President Yoweri Museveni, while closing the retreat, however turned his guns on technical officers in the Education ministry, faulting them for failure to guide Mrs Museveni and having standard construction guidelines to support such grants.
 
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Minister Kasaija says the two-year project was expected to start early this year and all the schools constructed by the end of 2017.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.