SCOPE OF THE NRM COMMITMENTS FOR THE SECTOR
The NRM Manifesto Commitments for the Term 2016-2021 in respect to the Education and Sports Sector cover the following Sub-sectors:
2) Primary Education
3) Secondary Education
4) BTVET Education
5) School Inspection and Supervision
6) Higher Education
7) Physical Education and Sports
8) Special Needs Education
a) In nominal terms, financing of the Education and Sports Sector increased by UGX504.65 Billion in FY2017/18 compared with 2016/17.
b) Furthermore, the NRM Government has projected to increase financing of the Sector in FY2019/20 by UGX1.135 Trillion to UGX3.286 Trillion compared with the Sector allocation of UGX2.15 Trillion in 2016/17.
Government’s Role in the Pre-Primary Sub - sector
First and foremost, we would like to reiterate the mandate of government’ in the Pre-Primary Sub-Sector. According to the Education (pre-primary, primary and post primary) Act 2008, Section 10 (2):
a) Pre-primary education is to be run by private agencies or persons to provide education to children aged from two years to five years and the financing of that type of education shall be a responsibility of the parents or guardians.
b) Government is responsible for Curriculum, guidelines, minimum standards, teacher-training, licensing, registration, and inspection.
Commitment-1: - Strengthen Monitoring and Supervision of ECD
- The process of reviewing the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy of 2005 is currently underway in order to strengthen regulation and supervision of this Sub-sector.
Commitment-2: - Introduce Early Childhood Development in Primary Teachers’ Colleges (PTCs)
1) Under the revised Teacher Education Curriculum, we have made ECD compulsory in Year One and elective in
Year Two (when one specializes either in ECD or upper primary).
2) We have trained 4,166 ECD Caregivers at PTCs across 50 districts.
3) We have trained 45 Master-Trainers and 400 Trainers of ECD Caregivers.
Achievements in the Primary Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-3: - Construction of Classrooms and provision of at least one public Primary School per Parish
1) As of end FY2017/18, using Schools Facility Grant (SFG), we constructed 256 new Classrooms in 45 Districts while an additional 92 Classrooms in 16 Districts were renovated.
2) We have expanded 145 primary schools that had less than 03 permanent classrooms by providing an additional 933 Classrooms using the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant to the government of Uganda.Of these Schools, 138 have been completed and await furniture.
3) We have identified 23 Primary schools for grant-aiding in FY2019/20.
4) Due to budgetary limitations, we have not been able to grant-aid any Primary Schools since July 2016.
5) We still have 1,135 Parishes and Wards are without a public primary school as of March 2018.
Commitment-4: Construction of Teachers’ Houses
1) As of end FY2017/18, we completed construction of 103 two-bedroomed Teachers’ Houses in 16 Districts;
2) We completed construction of nine semi-detached houses each housing two teachers in 09 schools in the hard-to-reach district of Bukwo using the GPE grant;
3) We completed construction of five semi-detached houses (each housing 2 teachers) at Shimoni Demonstration School.
4) Five semi-detached houses for Tutors were constructed at Erepi, Kisoro, Ibanda, Rukungiri, and Ngora PTCs.
Commitment-5: - Provision of Instructional and Scholastic Materials
1) We provided P.1 to P.7 textbooks for English and Mathematics to all public primary schools. As a result, the Pupil-to-Book Ratio (PBR) has improved from 14:1 to 2:1 and 3:1 in the respective subjects.
2) We supplied textbooks for P.4 Social Studies and Integrated Science; as such, the pupil-to-book ratio has improved 14:1 to 5:1 in these subjects.
Commitment-6: - Enhancement of Salaries for Primary School Teachers
1) The Wage bill for Primary School teachers has increased by UGX239.226 Billion from UGX779.450 Billion in FY2015/16 to UGX918.676 Billion in FY2018/19; and is estimated to grow to UGX921.702 Billion in FY2019/20.
2) There has been NO salary enhancement for Primary School teachers in the last 3 years because increment prior to FY2016/17 put them above the pay targets in the Pay Policy approved by Cabinet.
3) Currently, the entry monthly salary for a Primary School Head teacher is UGX588,359/= whereas a Grade-III teacher receives UGX469,355/= per month. Before the enhancement, the average salary for a Primary School teacher
was UGX 280,000/=.
Commitment-7: - Implementation of the Karamoja Primary Education Project (KPEP)
1) Under the Karamoja Primary Education Project (KPEP), civil works were completed in 21 primary schools. This project was completed and the schools handed over in FY2016/17.
Commitment-8: - Increase Community participation in Education
1) We have trained 4,790 members of School Management Committees (SMCs) about their roles and responsibilities in providing leadership in their respective School.
Commitment-9: - Provision of a mid-morning meal and school uniforms
1) According to Section 5(2) (c) of the Education Act, 2008; it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to provide food and school uniform for their children among other responsibilities such as providing parental guidance, promoting spiritual, cultural, and moral growth and discipline.
2) Nevertheless, as a Ministry, we were able to conduct a 6-week long nationwide sensitization campaign about feeding children in schools and the roles of the parent/guardian.
Achievements in the Secondary Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-10: - Provision of a Public Secondary School Per Sub-county
1) In FY2016/17 and 2017/18, we completed the construction of nine (09) Seed Secondary Schools.
2) We also grant-aided 120 Community Secondary schools in FY2016/17 and 2017/18. An additional 62 Secondary Schools shall be grant-aided in FY2019/20 at an estimated cost of UGX15.88 Billion.
3) There are Three Seed Schools at various stages of construction; namely Katikekile Seed S.S in Moroto, Nyangoma Seed S.S in Kyotera, and Nyakatonzi Seed S.S in Kasese.
4) Under the Uganda Inter-government fiscal transfers for Results Program (UgIFT), 117 sub-counties without a public secondary school received funds in FY 2018/19 to construct new seed schools and an additional 115 new seed secondary schools shall be constructed starting in FY 2020/21;
5) This time round, we are building comprehensively complete Secondary Schools in terms of the infrastructure we are going to put up; these include 06 Classrooms, a multi-purpose Hall, staff houses for 6 Teachers, an ICT laboratory, a Library, and Science Labs. Our estimated cost for a complete school is UGX 2 billion.
6) However, we do still have 428 sub-counties, Town Councils, and Divisions without a public Secondary Schools as of March 2019.
Phasing-out of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Implementation of Universal Secondary Education (U.S.E.)
1) In FY2015/16, H.E. the President directed that PPP be progressively phased-out in implementation of U.S.E.
2) Under the PPP arrangement, Government provides capitation grant of UGX47,000/= and UGX85,000/= per Student in O-level and A-level respectively.
3) The President’s directive took effect in FY2016/17 starting with S.1 and S.5. The PPP Phase-out shall be completed in FY2020/21.
4) Phasing-out of PPP in U.S.E. has enabled the Government to save UGX36 Billion. Part of the savings will be used for grant-aiding Community Schools and infrastructure left incomplete in APL-1 Project.
Commitment-11: - Provision of Instructional materials for Secondary Schools
1) We procured 5,250 textbooks for S.1 and S.2 in the 20 newly grant-aided Secondary Schools of FY2016/17. The subjects included Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2) We procured 1,104 Science-subject textbooks to be used at the 30 Regional TrainingCentres to improve the
teaching of practicals in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Commitment-12: - Rehabilitation of traditional Secondary Schools
1) Kyenjojo S.S and St. Balikuddembe Mitala Maria S.S each received a multi-functional academic block, an ICT lab, and a library.
2) Ntare School received a multi-purpose science laboratory block that is nearing completion.
3) Kigezi College Butobere and Sir Samuel Baker Secondary School have been included for rehabilitation and expansion under the Inter-governmental fiscal transfers program.
Commitment-13: - Recruitment of Secondary School Teachers
1) We have recruited a total of 4,520 teachers within the last 3 years.
2) We have also advertised for an additional 3,610 positions of Secondary School teachers of which 1,945 are for Sciences and 1,665 for Arts.
Commitment-14: - Reforming the Lower Secondary Curriculum and introduction of Continuous Assessment
The review of the Lower Secondary Curriculum is complete and UGX29 Billion has been provided in FY2019/20 to fund the roll-out activities for the first year.
a) The subject menu has been reduced from 44 subjects to 20; content made lighter, and obsolete content removed.
b) It integrates approaches that will increase learners’ motivation to pursue careers in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
c) It introduces project-based and problem-based learning so that learners become oriented towards a culture of problem-solving and reasoning.
d) The Curriculum seeks to promote entrepreneurship so that our young people can become engaged in production and not just job-seeking.
e) It is founded on competence-based learning to prepare the learner for the 21st Century world-of-work.
Strategic Directive: No imposing extra charges in UPE and U.S.E. Schools
1) As a Ministry, we would like to reiterate the government’s position previously communicated to all Schools and Local Governments directing them not to impose extra charges on pupils/students.
2) The respective Departments of the Ministry together with the Directorate of Education Standards shall continue to make regular follow-ups to ensure compliance by School managers.
3) In addition, U.S.E. Schools are required to submit their budgets to the Commissioner Secondary Schools for scrutiny and approval.
Achievements in the BTVET Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-15: - Provision of Vocational/Technical Institute per Constituency
1) As government, we are currently, grant-aiding one-hundred forty-nine (149) BTVET Institutions in the following categories:
a) Six (06) Technical Colleges and Centres of Excellence
b) Eleven (11) Nursing and midwifery
c) Eight (08) Schools of Allied Health
d) Seventy-five (75) Vocational Training Institutes, Technical Institutes, and Farm institutes
e) Five (05) Uganda Colleges of Commerce
f) Thirty-nine (39) Community Polytechnics and Technical Schools
g) Five (05) Departmental Institutes
2) As a Sector, we realized that the Commitment of providing a Technical/Vocational Institute per Constituency could not be achieved in the medium-term because existing similar Institutions are largely under-enrolled, under-staffed, and under-equipped.
3) Therefore, as a Ministry, we have prioritized operationalization of the existing BTVET institutions by rehabilitating, expanding, equipping, and staffing them.
4) In the last 3 years, 28 various categories of BTVET Institutions have been renovated, expanded, and equipped.
Commitment-16: - BTVET Curriculum enhancement and Assessment
1) All Curriculum for Oil and Gas course modules are now internationally accredited to ensure that the learners who come out of our institutions meet minimum international standards – The target of students to graduate by end of the project in 2021 is 500.
2) All BTVET Curricula have now become competence-based; implying that 70% of the learner’s time is focused on acquisition of practical skills required in the world-of-work.
3) The private sector is now deliberately involved in designing and developing our curricula in order to ensure that learners are trained in trades and skills that are relevant in the world of work.
Commitment-17: - Promote and establish Regional Centers of Excellence among BTVET institutions for production of a critical mass of relevant technical skills
1) We have created Two Centres of Excellence under the Albertine Regional Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP); namely:
i. Uganda Technical College (UTC) Kichwamba for Construction Industry.
ii. Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) for Oil and Gas Industry.
2) We also created Four Centres of Excellence under the Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP); in the following are:
i. Construction Industry at UTC Elgon,
ii. Agriculture Industry at Bukalasa Agricultural College,
iii. Manufacturing Industry at UTC Bushenyi, and
iv. Road Construction at UTC Lira.
3) We have identified to develop a new Institute at Nwoya as a Centre of Excellence in Agro-processing.
Commitment-18: - Establishing a Skills Development Authority
1) In January 2019, Cabinet passed the TVET Policy which paves the way for the establishment of a TVET Council instead of an Authority.
2) Through the TVET Council, the TVET Policy provides for enhanced participation of the Private Sector in informing the priorities of TVET through the respective Sector Skills Councils that are constituted based on priority Sectors of the economy as guided by the National Development Plan.
Achievements in the School Inspection and Supervision Commitments
Commitment-19: Enhancement of School Inspection and setting up a Semi-autonomous body
1) Since FY2016/17, government has increased the Budget allocation for the Directorate of Education Standards which is responsible for School Inspection and Supervision by UGX1.55 Billion; from UGX3.18 Billion in
FY2016/17 to UGX4.734 in FY2019/20;
2) Furthermore, the Local Government Inspection Grant has increased by UGX3.3 Billion from UGX2.2 Billion in FY2015/16 to UGX 5.5 Billion in FY2019/20.
3) We have adopted integration of ICT solutions into the Inspection System to enhance the quality and responsiveness to inspection reports. Currently, the ICT Solution is being piloted in 46 Local Governments as of 2018.
4) ICT biometric system is being piloted in 60 Primary Schools in 10 districts to check Head teacher and teacher attendance and teacher-time on task.
5) We procured and distributed 185 motor-cycles of which 100 were supplied to districts, 70 to Coordinating Centers under various Core Primary Teacher Colleges, 10 to UTSEP Construction Unit, and 5 to the Directorate of Education Standards.
6) As a result of the above interventions:
1) There has been increased vigilance in inspection by inspectors and Associate Assessors, and monitoring by more Local Government stakeholders including RDCs.
2) Teacher attendance has improved from 70% in 2015 to 85% in 2018.
7) However, plans to create a semi-autonomous Inspection body were put on hold following Cabinet’s Decision on the rationalization and merging of government Agencies.
Achievements in the Higher Education Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-20: - Supporting training of courses whose graduate are currently needed by the local job market
- Through the Higher Education Student Financing Board, 8,190 students have benefited from the loan scheme in the last 5 years to pursue 130 degree programmes and 76 undergraduate diploma courses mainly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes with the exception of learners with Special Needs who are allowed to access the loans to pursue programs in Business and Humanities.
- Through a government loan from the Africa Development Bank, government has been able to put up additional infrastructure at 8 public universities; namely:
- Busitema University,
- Gulu University,
- Kyambogo University,
- Muni University,
- Makerere University Business School,
- Makerere University,
- Mbarara University of Science and Technology,
- Uganda Management Institute)
Other Government interventions in Higher Education
1) In July 2016, two new public universities became operational, bringing the number of public universities to eight (8); of which Lira university, formerly a constituent college of Gulu University was built using Government of Uganda funds.
2) Soroti University has been constructed using purely Government funds, and is expected to open in FY2019/20.
3) The operationalization of Uganda Petroleum Institute, Kigumba is steadfastly continuing. The Administration Block is complete, an Oil-Rig simulator is being procured, and students’ accommodation being built.
4) We have allocated funds and put in place a Task Force to spearhead the establishment of a constituent College of Gulu University in Karamoja.
Commitment-22: - Development and Commercialization of innovations
The following are a few of the Innovations that have taken place within the Higher Institutions of Learning in the
1) Diary Value-chain at Makerere University
2) Cassava processing cottage at Gulu University
3) Innovations Court at Makerere University Business School
4) A Forest Gorilla Trekking and Lodging Camp at Mbarara University for Science and Technology
5) An IT Research Lab and Technology Support Centre at Muni University
6) Management Consultancy at Uganda Management Institute, and
7) A Technology and Business and Innovation Workshop at Busitema University.
Achievements in the Physical Education and Sports Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-23:- Facilitate National teams to participate in international tournaments when they qualify
1) Government increased the Sports Budget by UGX14.7 Billion in FY2017/18 to facilitate talent development and support to National Federations and Teams of which UGX10 Billion went to FUFA.
2) After 38 years of absence, Uganda Cranes participated in Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon in 2017 and has also qualified for AFCON Egypt in July 2019.
3) Government fully-funded the She Cranes preparation and participation in the 2017/2018 Africa Netball Championship where we emerged as the Tournament’s winners.
4) The She Cranes have also qualified for the World Netball Cup to be hosted in Liverpool in 2019.
5) Government contributed UGX2.5 Billion towards Uganda’s participation in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia (2018) where we emerged with 6 medals; namely 3 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals.
6) Government contributed UGX5 Billion towards the 2018 World University Netball Championship hosted at Makerere University; mainly toward construction of the Sports facility.
Commitment-24: Support the Construction of Sports facilities
1) Construction of the National High Altitude Training Centre in Kapchorwa is at 68% (as at February 2019) completion level and the facilities include Jogging Track; Artificial Turf; 6 Lane Running Tracks; 1 Hostel Block; Site Roads & Parking. Completion of Phase 1 is January 2020;
2) Nakivubo Stadium is undergoing re-construction under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement with Ham Enterprises Ltd, estimated at US$ 50m;
3) Following guidance given by H.E the President, the Ministry of Education and Sports has made a formal application to the Ministry of Finance for construction of Akii Bua (Lira) and Buhinga (Kabarole) Stadia using Grant and Interest-free Financing from China.
Commitment-25: - Emphasize physical education and sports at all levels of education and training in the country.
1) 32 Secondary Schools that were selected in the first phase to benefit from sports facilities received 1000 balls for volleyball, soccer, netball, basketball.
2) UGX30 million was given to each of 13 Secondary Schools out of the selected 32 to facilitate the construction of a basketball court.
3) 244 Sports tutors, teachers, and selected district officials from Schools, NTCs, and PTCs around the country received training in Physical Education and Sports management.
Achievements in the Special Needs Education Sub-Sector Commitments
Commitment-26: - Operationalize the Special Needs and Inclusive Education Policy to improve access, retention and completion rates of children with disabilities
The Special Needs and Inclusive policy has been merged with the Non-Formal Education Policy to create the National Inclusive Education Policy. Consultations on the new draft policy are on-going.
Commitment-27: - Progressively revamp four regional institutions for People with Disabilities (PWDs) – Salama Primary School, Mbale S.S., Wakiso S.S., and Laro Primary School and introduce marketable courses
1) We provided the following facilities at Mbale School for the Deaf; namely: 2 Vocational Workshops, 2 Classroom Blocks, 1 House Block with 4 semi-detached units for 4 teachers, boys’ and girls’ VIP Latrines), installation of 3-Power Phase electricity, and provision of Cookery Equipment for Home Economics Section.
2) We constructed 2 Classroom Blocks each at Laro and Salama Primary Schools.
3) We facilitated the supply and fitting of Hearing Devices/Aids for 1,600 children with hearing impairments.
4) We have commenced the construction of 2 Teachers’ Houses and 2 Classroom Blocks at Wakiso School for the Deaf.