UPE Schools Grapple with Meagre Funding

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Primary schools under the Universal Primary Education-UPE program are grappling with poor funding saying it affects the school management and performance. Under the UPE government pays shillings 4100 each term for each pupils under the program.

Primary schools under the Universal Primary Education-UPE program are grappling with poor funding saying it affects the school management and performance. Under the UPE government pays shillings 4100 each term for each pupils under the program. The money is meant to purchase scholastic materials, teaching aids, fund co-curricular activities and meet some administrative costs.


Moses Kunya, head Buwenda primary school says the capitation grant extended by government too little. Kunya explains that his school receives 1,626,000 for the 957 pupils in his school each term.  He explains that instead of paying shillings 5000 for each pupil government pays only shillings 1700 for each pupil each term.


Kunya says that in addition to the funds being merger the money comes late. He says that as a result they are forced to get things on debts and pay later when the funds are availed.


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Steven Kyakwise, Mayuge district Education officer concurs with Kunya. Kyakwise says that a result of the meager funding schools cannot provide lunch to pupils. He says that parents rejected a proposal by the school management to pay shillings 1000 each or bring 3 Kilograms of maize each term to fee their children.

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Harry Mwase, chairperson Jinja Head teachers Association says that as a result of the meager funding urban schools charge between shillings 16,000 and 30,000 to cover the budget deficit. He says that unlike the urban schools rural schools are not given a chance to levy extra fees.

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In the 2011/2012 financial year budget ministry of finance earmarked sh1.502 trillion for the education sector, yet sh1.816 trillion was budgeted for by the education ministry. Last week, education minister Jessica Alupo, announced a funding deficit of 314 billion shillings for Universal Primary Education.
 
She said her ministry is considering scrapping UPE funding for schools in urban areas.