18 November 2009

Uganda: Govt to Build 6,000 Classrooms

Manafwa — The government will acquire a $150million (about Shs300bn) loan from the World Bank for the enhancement of education programmes and facilitation of teachers' welfare, Daily Monitor has learnt.

The State Minister for Basic Education, Dr Kamanda Bataringaya, said the money will starting next year be used for the construction of over 6,000 classrooms, 450 science laboratories, libraries, 41 teachers' quarters and 2,600 pit latrines in universal primary and secondary schools countrywide.

Welfare review

"Teachers' welfare will be reviewed in the programme," he said last week.

"We are determined to have one secondary school per sub county and the government is giving priority to newly-created districts which we believe don't have enough secondary schools to absorb all the incoming students from the UPE programme," he added.

Earlier the chairperson for Uganda National teachers' Union, Manafwa branch, Mr George Wamayi, said teachers have been marginalised and worked at the mercy of the government.

"Teachers are unable to meet their basic necessities including educating their own children due to meagre income they earn," he said.

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