Finance minister Hon. Matia Kasaija has allocated Shs78bn to cater for an increase in teachers’ salaries.
This tops up the Shs50bn allocation for salary increases which was pledged by president Yoweri Museveni in the last financial year.
The minister also allocated the education sector a total of Shs2.7 trillion in the next financial year.
The minister also allocated Shs14.09 billion to make public universities in Kabale, Lira and Soroti operational so as to offer Science related programmes which are critical to the Economic Development of the Country.
“The 2014 Census revealed that 72% of the population were reported to be literate.”
He said during the year now ending, access to basic and secondary education increased with enrolment rising from 8.5 million to 8.8 million pupils at primary school level; and from 1.36 million to 1.39 million students at secondary school level.
“In order to enhance tertiary level education, salaries of teaching staff in Public Universities have been increased with a Shs. 50 billion allocation during the financial year now ending. I have provided a further Shs. 78 billion in next year’s budget for this purpose, including increases for salaries of Non-Teaching Staff in public universities,” the minister said Wednesday while delivering the 2016 national budget at Serena hotel in Kampala.
“I will also expand the Student Loan Scheme to cater for the Second Cohort of 1,000 University students and 200 students of Diploma courses to improve access to higher education. An additional Shs. 6 billion has been provided for this purpose.”
He added: “Increase of salaries of Primary teachers by 15% which will be the last instalment in Government’s commitment to increase teachers’ salaries by 50% in a phased manner. For this, an additional Shs. 122 billion has been provided,” Kasaija said.
He added that in order to justify these salary increases, school teachers, including head teachers must forthwith desist from absenteeism, late reporting and early departure from work.
To improve the employability of graduates, the minister said business and Technical and Vocational and Education and Training (BTVET) institutions play a critical role in the development of employable skills and competencies in the labour market.
Government will construct, equip and operationalise of 12 new technical institutes in Amuria, Hoima, Kamuli, Masaka-Lwengo, Mukono, Nakasongola, Namutumba, Pader, Yumbe, Kyenjojo, Lyantonde and Kiboga districts have been completed. Nakaseke technical institute was also completed, but is awaiting handed over to the district officially;
The rehabilitation, expansion and equipping Uganda Technical Colleges at Lira and Elgon, and the National Teachers College at Unyama in Gulu district, has been completed.
Civil works are still ongoing at the Uganda Technical Colleges at Bushenyi, Kichwamba and Kyema. Civil works also commenced at four Technical Institutes:- Ahmed Seguya in Kayunga, Tororo, Kalongo and Kibatsi in Ntungamo.
Government will also train 237 instructors on the six technical and Vocational national Certificate programmes.