Seed Schools Must Wait As Government Continues To Fund Traditional Giants

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. During the opening session yesterday, several participants had questioned why government continues to inject huge amounts of funds to the big schools yet many seed schools the government had started in sub-counties have either failed to take off, or at the verge of collapse due o shortages of funds.

Government has pledged to continue funding traditional "giant" schools at the expense of the smaller rural schools. This follows a heated argument during the ongoing Education Sector Review Meeting that started yesterday.
 
During the opening session on Tuesday, several participants had questioned why government continues to inject more money into the big schools yet many seed schools the government had started in sub-counties have either failed to take off, or at the verge of collapse due o shortages of funds.
 
Richard Irwenyo, the Nwoya District Education Officer, raised the issue of poor funding to rural schools. He wondered why the government has failed to complete construction of schools in the district after launching the project. He said after the launch of the construction projects last year, the government went silent and all the construction work has been halted.
 
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James Odomel from Soroti district wonders why government continues to give the bigger schools more money yet they already have excellent facilities. Odomel says the fact that government continues to neglect rural schools clearly shows that it prefers identifying with the wealthy Ugandans at the expense of the rural poor. He says this will create imbalances between rural poor and the urban wealthy;
 
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However, the education ministry officials have disagreed with the issues raised by the participants.
 
Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Sports, says the government will continue to inject the huge amounts of funds to such schools because it draws large section of human resource to manage the country from the more traditional schools.
 
She says as long as the government does not have enough funds to run all the schools across the country, priority will be given to the big schools for continued supply of high quality human resource needed to sustain the country. She has appealed to the rural schools to be patient, saying government will consider allocating more funding in future if the resource base of the country widens.
 
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