• No_Ads
National
Education quality unequal, Mbabazi admitsPublish Date: Feb 27, 2014
Education quality unequal, Mbabazi admits
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Joyce Namutebi and Cyprian Musoke

The quality of education in the country has not been equal, with schools in urban centres performing better than those in rural areas, the Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi has said.


He was responding to questions raised by MPs during the Prime Minister’s question time on Wednesday.

Mbabazi attributed the better performance in urban areas to more teachers and more facilities.

“What government has been doing is to try and achieve some level of equalization is to invest in some rural schools in terms of infrastructure and renumeration of teachers,” he said.

He noted that especially in secondary schools in areas where there is the rural electrification, there is a comprehensive programme of distributing as many computers as possible so that children in the rural areas have as much access to information as they can.

MP Lyndah Timbigamba (Kyenkojo) had asked the premier to state Government’s way forward in improving rural schools.

On the concern by Monicah Amoding (youth) that Uganda’s graduates are not only irrelevant to themselves, but to also to the communities, the country and the global market, Mbabazi pointed out that this was a critical question that the government has been addressing over and over again.

“The education we have is a continuation of colonial education we had inherited.” He noted that because of the problems of mismatch between output of the education system and labour demands, the government had embraced change in the direction of education. “We have resolved  that our education must conform to demands of the economy,” the premier said.

In December 2012, Mbabazi noted that the government launched a programme of skilling Uganda aimed at changing the orientation of the education and the attitudes of students so that imparting of skills is emphasised.

He explained why the government was suspending funding to private schools partnering with it to implement universal secondary education.

Government, Mbabazi said, has been spending sh53b every year to the private schools in order for them to run the programme, but it would be added on to the budget to build “seed schools.” The withdrawal of funding would be done in a phased manner in a period of five years, he explained. “Each year, we will be withdrawing from this arrangement.”

The premier also answered questions on clearing of Kinawataka, Ntinda and Kyambogo swamps, fake goods infiltrating the market, election of LCs and alternative sources of livelihood to the youth in Karamoja, among others.

Mbabazi said they were set to hold meetings with the Ministries of water and health to ensure that hospitals are supplied constantly with water.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Uganda deploys new force in Somalia
THE force, dubbed the UN Guard Unit, was flagged off by the deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, at the peace operations support centre in Singo in Nakaseke...
Doctor at centre of botched abortion granted bail
THE Mulago Mid Memory Clinic doctor, charged in connection with the death of one Mercy Ampairwe and her unborn child appeared before Buganda Road Court chief magistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya and denied the charges...
Defence hearing of HIV injection nurse begins
NAMUBIRU currently on remand in Luzira Prison was ordered to defend herself by Buganda Road Court magistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya after she ruled that she had a case to answer...
Gender ministry clarifies on youth fund
THE ministry of gender has refuted allegations made by opposition leaders that sh40b meant for youth projects under the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) had been diverted...
Civil society welcomes ID registration
A coalition of over 700 civil society organizations under the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda has welcomed the ongoing National Identity Cards registration...
A total of 692 Police officers will pass out on Wednesday at the Police Training School, Kabalye in Masindi district....
Is the return of Buganda Properties a sign of good Governance?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter