Ministry of Education gets lion share in budget 2017/18

By Damali Mukhaye.

The Education ministry has remained one of the big earners with a Shs2.4 trillion budget representing 11.3 per cent share of the national budget.

More than half of the ministry’s budget, Shs1, 455 trillion, will go to paying wages.

Reading the national budget, the minister of finance Matia Kasaija says that despite the progress in the education sector, more challenges like declining proficiency in literacy and numeracy; skill gaps, infrastructure deficits, teachers’ absenteeism and cases of ‘ghost’ pupils remain a challenge.

He notes that In order to improve education service delivery, they are going to ensure Curriculum reform with an emphasis on science, competency and life skills Improvement of existing learning facilities at tertiary institutions, including re-construction of laboratories and workshops among others as he explains.