Government to construct 259 schools in sub-counties without seed schools - first lady
The First Lady and Minister of Education
and Sports Janet Museveni has said that under the Inter-Government Fiscal
Transfer (UgIFT) programme, Government has a plan of constructing upto 259
schools in Sub- counties without Seed Schools.
Speaking at the Commissioning of
Kigarama Seed School in Sheema District on Friday, the First Lady, noted the
construction is being handled in three phases that is; the first phase is
covering 117, second phase 115 and 27 schools in third phase.
Kigarama Seed School, commissioned
on Friday March 11, is one of schools constructed in the First phase.
In her message read by the
Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa, She said the Ministry is aware that some
Sub-Counties, divisions and town councils especially the newly created will not
be covered by the citing resource constraints
However, she said that government
remains committed to implement it's policy of ensuring that there is a
government secondary School in every Sub-county.
Mrs. Museveni revealed that the
Ministry will undertake a mapping exercise to establish the gap of the
administrative units which do not have a government secondary School per
Sub-county and make appropriate plans towards the achievement of the objective
of the government.
"As we implement the UgIFT
programme,the Ministry has observed the challenge of lack of critical amenities
such as electricity and water in some seed schools being constructed and this
mostly in those located in hard-to- reach areas, " Mrs. Museveni said,
requesting the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development which
coordinates the implementation of the programme to prioritize the provision of
these critical services to the schools.
Mr John Betungura, The Chief
Administration Officer of the district said Shs 2.5 billion has been
spent on the construction of Kigarama Seed School.
"This is a fully fledged
school with teachers houses,
library, administration and class room blocks, Computer laboratory with 28
computers, Multipurpose Hall and a play ground.
Special thanks goes to government to
having strategically positioned this school in this area, " Mr Betungura
Mr George Bafaki, the Head teacher
of the school said there are 65 students in which 38 are girls and 27 are
boys in senior one and two.
He said the school started on January,
Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa
offered University Education scholarship to the pioneer student Victor Ashaba.
Ashaba thanked the Chief Whip for
Mrs. Monica Kekimuli, the mother to
Ashaba said: "I feel so good from the bottom of my heart that Government
Chief Whip has offered to educate my child at the University, God bless you
Honourable Minister. "