Presidential Pledges in Education Sector Now at UGX 100B

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Legislators sitting on the Education Committee of Parliament have expressed concern over the growing amount of presidential pledges in the sector that go unfulfilled. According to the education committee vice chairperson, Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot, the presidential pledges in the education sector alone currently total 100 billion Shillings with no plan to ensure their fulfilment.

Legislators sitting on the Education Committee of Parliament have expressed concern over the growing amount of presidential pledges in the sector that go unfulfilled.
 
According to the education committee vice chairperson, Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot, the presidential pledges in the education sector alone currently total 100 billion Shillings with no plan to ensure their fulfilment.
 
The 100 billion Shillings is an increment from 74 billion Shillings reported in 2014 under the education sector alone.
 
Opolot, whose committee is currently considering budget proposals from the education sector for financial year 2017/2018, noted that all the 18 votes under the education ministry are affected by unfulfilled presidential pledges.
 
This was during the committee meeting with officials from Kabale University led by Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Kwesiga, who noted that presidential pledges towards the university had accumulated to 47 billion Shillings as of November 4, 2016.
 
She noted that the pledges included 10 billion for the construction of the faculty of engineering, 15 billion for the construction of the faculty of health sciences, another 15 billion for the construction of a university library and seven billion shillings for equipping the science, medicine and engineering laboratories.
 
Kwesiga noted that no budget has been allocated towards the fulfilment of these presidential pledges despite an agreement at the inter-ministerial meeting to provide funds in a phased manner.
 
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With these and other presidential pledges in the education sector, MPs resolved to meet all stakeholders within the sector together with officials from the Education and Finance ministries in a bid to come up with a plan towards fulfilment of all presidential pledges in the sector.
 
Opolot noted that the issue of unfulfilled presidential pledges keeps coming up in his committee citing a need for a lasting solution.
 
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Opolot said that a joint meeting being planned before end of May 2017 will see a compilation of all pledges made in a bid to engage the education and finance ministries to map out a way forward in form of a schedule on how to address them.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.