Government to Operationalize Three More Public Universities

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Finance Minister Designate, Matia Kasaija said priority for implementation in the formal education sector in the next financial year will be to operationalize the three Universities, which offer sciences that are important in the development of the country.

 Government has allocated Shillings 14.09 Billion in the 2016/2017 financial year meant to operationalise three Public Universities in Soroti, Kabale and Lira districts.  They include Lira, Soroti and Lira Universities.

 
Finance Minister Designate, Matia Kasaija said priority for implementation in the formal education sector in the next financial year will be to operationalize the three Universities, which offer sciences that are important in the development of the country.

 
Kasaija also stated that Shillings 6.2 Billion has been provided for the recruitment of tutors in over 20 technical institutions that started this financial year. Kasaija adds that vocational and technical education is very important to Uganda.

 
He also announced plans by government to expand the university student's loan scheme to cater for the 2nd lot of 1000 University students and 200 students in diploma area. Shillings 6 billion has been allocated for the student's loan.
 
He says Shillings 122 billion has been provided for primary school teachers. He says the Increase in the salaries of primary teachers by 15% will be the last installment in meeting their 50 percent demand. 



Kasaija appealed to teachers to desist from coming late to teach or leaving earlier than working hours since Government has met their needs in regards to salary enhancement.  He asked inspectors of schools to do their jobs to ensure that there is no absenteeism. 



He says Government will also improve the employability of graduates so that they are employable in the job market. He says 12 new technical institutes have been established in Pader, Yumbe, Lyantonde, Kiboga, Nakaseka districts among others to facilitate improved employment of Ugandan youths.

 

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