Schools Divert School Facility Grant

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Peter Bagambaki, the deputy head teacher Karangura Primary School says that they decided to divert the fund to cater for the transport of teachers who live far away from the school.

Schools in Kabarole district are diverting the School Facility Grants-SFG to cater for other necessities, Uganda Radio Network has learnt. The grant is established under the local government development plan, to enable the construction of more classrooms, latrines and purchase of desks for primary schools under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program.
 
SFG is a conditional grant, which means it is meant to cover specific areas. However, in Kabarole some schools are diverting the funds to pay teachers’ transport, rent and allowances. This has left several schools in rural areas with inadequate facilities like latrines and desks. Pupils are also studying in condemned classroom blocks. With a population of 700 pupils, Karangura Primary School has only one latrine.
 
Pupils and the teachers are forced to use the bush or the latrines at Karangura Catholic Church, which is about 200 meters away. In September, Karangura Primary School received 300 million shillings for the construction of four latrines and purchase of desks. However the funds were diverted by the school administration.  

Peter Bagambaki, the deputy head teacher Karangura Primary School says that they decided to divert the fund to cater for the transport of teachers who live far away from the school.  Bagambaki says that the school management committee agreed that they pay the teachers transport and accommodation to motivate them. 

He says that in the past the teachers were often coming late and cases of absenteeism were high. Bagambak says although the facilities at the school are inadequate, he is proud that the pupils are being taught.

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At Kasenyi Primary School, the classroom blocks were condemned by the district engineer. Last month, the school received 350 million shillings to renovate the classroom blocks, but 150 million shillings was also diverted to motivate the teachers and purchase stationery.

Joan Kusemererwa, the headmistress, says parents have now been asked to contribute funds towards the construction of classrooms. Richard Rwakaikara, the Kabarole district education officer says that the schools aren’t supposed to divert the funds.
 
He says it’s the Ministry of Education and Sports that is supposed to pay allowances to the teachers. Rwakaikara, who claims that he hasn’t been aware, says that the head teachers will be punished. He says that some head teachers could be diverting the funds for personal use.

But Kusemererwa says Ministry of Education and Sports has on several occasions promised to pay allowances to teachers in hard to reach areas in vain.

 

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