By Michael Karugaba
THE Ministry of Education has set aside sh2.5b for inspection in the Universal Primary Education schools to boost quality education, the state minister for primary education, Kamanda Bataringaya has said.
He said each district had been given three motorcycles to facilitate school inspection.
Bataringaya warned headteachers against creation of ghost pupils and students in both UPE and USE schools in order to access capitation grant and misuse SFG funds. He said the Government is losing a lot of money on ghost pupils.
He singled out Kamuli district where sh200m was recovered after a headcount of students discovered that a big number of schools had ghost students.
Meanwhile, teachers in Kasese district have appealed to have their pay raised to sh250,000.
They said in their memorandum to the minister that the five percent increment as per this yearâ€™s budget was not enough for the teacher who stands in class from morning to evening.
Bataringaya said if the Government gave lunch allowances of sh50,000 to the teachers, there would be disaster since this would cost much of the ministryâ€™s budget.
He said if the Government took heed to every demand, it would spend sh88b on teachers alone which is beyond the ministryâ€™s budget.