The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has said that her Ministry will face difficulty implementing several planned activities because of the cut in the budget.
The Ministry’s budget has been reduced by about 111 billion.
She says activities worth Shillings 1.68 trillion in the coming financial year 2020/2021 will not be implemented in the face of the declining budget allocation. This she says is the effect of failing to secure funding. Some of the donor-funded projects are set to exit the Publick Investment Plan upon conclusion.
Janet made revealed this while appearing before Parliament’s Education Committee to present the sector’s budget framework paper.
Janet Museveni revealed that the proposed Education and Sports Sector allocation for the coming financial year 2020/2021 is 3.286 trillion reducing by shillings 111.17 billion from 3.397 trillion budget appropriated in the current financial year 2019/2020.
“This ceiling in allocated resources constitutes a strain in the provision of quality education. Pupils in UPE have increased from 7,474,600 in 2018 to 7,624,490 pupils in 2019. Learners in USE have increased from 669,922 in 2018 to 707,980 students in 2019,” said Janet Museveni.
She added that the Sector’s share of the National budget is reducing from 10.4 per cent in the current financial year 2019/2020 to 9 per cent in the coming financial year 2020/2021 against an increased population of learners each year