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Government to build teachers' houses

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th August 2008 03:00 AM

THE Government is to construct and rehabilitate 4,215 teachers’ houses in 40 districts in the north, education Namirembe Bitamazire told Parliament yesterday.

THE Government is to construct and rehabilitate 4,215 teachers’ houses in 40 districts in the north, education Namirembe Bitamazire told Parliament yesterday.

By Joyce Namutebi
and Cyprian Musoke

THE Government is to construct and rehabilitate 4,215 teachers’ houses in 40 districts in the north, education Namirembe Bitamazire told Parliament yesterday.

Sh126.45b, Bitamazire added, had been budgeted for the construction of 2,705 houses and sh40.56b for the rehabilitation of the other 1,510.

The project, she said, would be undertaken over five years under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan.
This financial year, she said, her ministry had allocated over sh7b for the construction of classrooms and teachers’ houses in the north.

The districts to benefit are Apac, Koboko, Maracha-Terego and Pader, which will take the lion’s share of sh611.5m each followed by Arua, Gulu, Oyam and Yumbe, with each getting sh489.2m. Others are Abim, Adjumani, Amuru, Dokolo, Kaabong, Kitgum, Kotido, Lira and Nebbi districts.

Bitamazire made the announcement while responding to questions raised by MPs concerning the education sector during the debate of the budget. The MPs wanted answers over questions of education in the north, the high dropout rate in primary school and the plight of teachers.

Bitamazire noted that over sh584.76b was needed to provide classrooms, teachers’ houses, latrines and furniture for students in primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

Instructional materials, she said, required about sh11b, water sh25b and sh15b to provide solar power to about 1,500 institutions.

Bitamazire added that the region lacked 19,076 primary teachers. She said the Royal Netherlands embassy had pledged Euros 10m (sh24b) to provide the critical needs and for school monitoring. The lack of monitoring has been blamed for poor conditions in schools.

Bitamazire said the ministry had put in place a “quality enhancement initiative” for the 12 worst performing districts.

She noted that 10 of them namely Amuru, Oyam, Bududa, Bukedea, Lyantonde, Mubende, Kyenjojo, Bulisa, Nakapiripirit and Kaabong would be given money to build teachers’ houses.
Talking about the Universal Secondary Education, Bitamazire said plans were underway to review the school curriculum to ensure quality and efficiency.

She noted the need for the Government to implement the students’ loan and scholarship schemes to enable poor students get university education.

Government to build teachers' houses

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