MPs say push for education funding being betrayed in house

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MPs say push for education funding being betrayed in house
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The MPs say they have been fighting for the increase in education financing, for a long time but their colleagues whom they are urging to stand with in this regard betray them.

PARLIAMENT | Legislator on the parliamentary Committee on Education say their push for education funding increment is being let down by fellow MPs.

The wider members of parliament are not giving the matter the attention it deserves, the committee members say.

The MPs were speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of educator sector players aimed at discussing ways to improve education and restore public confidence in all government schools.

The MPs say they have been fighting for the increase in education financing, for a long time but their colleagues whom they are urging to stand with in this regard betray them.

Gonzaga Ssewungu, a former teacher and Kalungu West legislator, says for long he has been advocating for more funding and improved education in public schools but in vain.

"We are very few members who try," said Ssewungu, who is also the Shadow minister for Education,

"When we start advocating everyone participates but when it comes to voting they are called in the caucus and given instructions and they vote otherwise,’’ he added.

Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga County legislator, said Arts teachers are so demotivated and cannot perform to their expectations and this has added to the already ailing situation.

"The remuneration of teachers has had a negative effect, the selective intervention has done more damage than good," Ssekikubo said, "we are where you find a teacher because he is science-based signing for Shs4 million and the headteacher of the school is signing for Shs1.5 million."

However, the Commissioner Basic Education, Cleophus Mugenyi, said funding and achieving quality education is one of government’s priorities, urging all stakeholders and parents to work hand in hand to have all learners in the country get quality education.

Mugenyi said that since the introduction of universal primary education in 1997, the government has been putting much emphasis on equity and access, admitting that the quality is still lacking and now government is committed to improving quality of education at all levels.

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