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MPs task Government to come with a plan for secondary schools construction

Parliament has tasked government to table a plan detailing how and when it intends to construct secondary schools in 273 sub counties across the country. The demand follows revelations last year, by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda that 273 sub counties countrywide lack secondary schools.

He however, said government would through the Education and Sports Ministry ensure that there is a public secondary school in each sub county in the country. During plenary on Tuesday, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West Member of parliament tasked both the Finance and Education Ministries to table a plan detailing how and when the schools will be built.

Margaret Baba Diri, the Koboko Woman MP criticised government’s failure to construct the schools despite a pledge by president Museveni to do so.  Jessica Ababiku, the Adjumani Woman MP also demanded to know the number of secondary schools government intends to construct in the financial year 2016/2017. In its report, the Education Committee also criticised the delayed fulfillment of pledges to the education sector amounting to Shillings 84.8 billion.

He raised the issue during debate on the report prepared by the Education Committee on the Education and Sports Ministry policy statement for the 2016/2017 financial year. In his response, David Bahati, the State Finance Minister, said government had constructed over 1000 secondary schools across the country.

He asked parliament to allow him table the plan before the house on Wednesday afternoon. While presenting the report, Sylvia Namabidde, the Education Committee chairperson, also noted that over the years, president Museveni has made a number of pledges to the Education sector but most of them haven’t been honored.

She cited an outstanding presidential pledges to Busitema University alone worth Shillings 26.1bn.