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16 new schools built, more coming

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th December 2010 03:00 AM

THE Government has completed the construction of 12 schools and three vocational institutions at a cost of $38.5m (about sh84b). The schools were built with support from the African Development Bank.

THE Government has completed the construction of 12 schools and three vocational institutions at a cost of $38.5m (about sh84b). The schools were built with support from the African Development Bank.

By Abou Kisige
and Conan Businge


THE Government has completed the construction of 12 schools and three vocational institutions at a cost of $38.5m (about sh84b). The schools were built with support from the African Development Bank.

New classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, libraries and administration blocks were constructed in each of the schools and institutions.

Kitchens, staff houses, conference rooms, as well as curriculum development and teacher-training centres were part of the new infrastructure.

According to the education ministry’s permanent secretary, Francis Xavier Lubanga, the construction is a continuation of work that dealt with the establishment of 25 seed secondary schools across the country.

Commissioning the newly established Rukungiri Technical Institute last week, higher education state minister Rukutana Mwesigwa said the Government was committed to setting up more schools and institutes.

“With free primary and secondary education in place, the Government is committed to making sure the best infrastructure is set up and the quality of education is improved,” he said.

Lubanga explained that the interventions were a “deliberate strategy to increase access to quality education”.

He explained that care was taken to ensure equal distribution of these institutions to give students across the country an equal opportunity to access education.

According to the ministry, the construction of seed secondary schools raised the enrolment in areas where they are located, with an additional 12,798 students enrolled.

The first cohort of students in these schools has sat their O’level examinations this year.

Lubanga and Rukutana thanked the development partners for their support in improving education provision.

Apart from the African Development Bank, the World Bank and other development partners have given the Government more funds to renovate other schools and institutions.

About 1,400 secondary schools are to be upgraded, while the renovation of 217 schools has already kicked off under the sh300b World Bank project.

The funds will be used to construct 4,297 classrooms, 41 administrative blocks, 144 libraries, 405 science rooms, 71 teachers’ houses and 2,296 five-stance latrines, the education ministry said.

All the schools under the World Bank project will receive science kits and chemical reagents and 1.7 million textbooks for the seven core subjects.

In addition, the rehabilitation and expansion of 42 schools and institutions, at a cost of $91m (about sh200b), is going on.



16 new schools built, more coming

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