Source: Parliament of the Republic of Uganda |

Education Minister calls for more funding for public universities

Universities including Makerere, Mbarara, Muni, Soroti, Gulu, Busitema, Lira, Kyambogo and Kabale, require additional funds in the new budget for financial year 2024/2025

KAMPALA, Uganda, February 23, 2024/APO Group/ --

The Ministry of Education and Sports has renewed a call for increased funding to support key activities in public universities including staffing, infrastructure development and research, among others.

According to the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo, universities including Makerere, Mbarara, Muni, Soroti, Gulu, Busitema, Lira, Kyambogo and Kabale, require additional funds in the new budget for financial year 2024/2025.

“Provision of this extra funding will go a long way in improving the operations of the universities and enable them compete favorably both nationally and globally,” said Muyingo.

Minister Muyingo, accompanied by the State Minister for Finance, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, made the call while appearing before the Committee on Education and Sports, on Thursday, 22 February 2024.

The Committee Chairperson, Hon. John Ntamuhira reiterated the call by tasking the Minister to prioritize Shs89 billion within the next budget (2024/2025), to cater for among other things, salary enhancement of staff at public universities.

“As a chairperson the Committee, l have made commitments on these finances but we shall engage the Ministers for Education and Finance to ensure your issues are harmonized,” said Ntamuhira.

Lugoloobi acknowledged the need to support national institutions of higher learning so as to effectively accommodate the increasing student population.

“The number of youth entering university keeps growing at a high rate, that is why there is pressure on resources needed to support the sector. The Ministry will critically analyse how to avail the much needed financing,” said Lugoloobi.

He added that more time will be needed to harmonise resources to support the request for additional funding, and committed to present a report with final estimates to the committee within a month.

“We need to rethink our approach to look at the policies within the programme and the resources required. We need to support these universities to perform because the population is increasing,” Lugoloobi said.

Hon. Michael Timuzugu (NRM, Kajara County) said adequate support to the universities would go a long way in grooming a quality population the can improve the national economy.

Hon. Ismail Muhammad Lomwar (NRM, Kotido Municipality) asked the Minister to present an update to the committee on the presidential pledges made to public universities.

“How l would wish we get the extracts of presidential pledges on all public universities because we do not know how much money has been pledged and how much has already been paid out,” said Lomwar.

The Committee tasked the Minister to meet the leadership of the public universities to chart a way forward on the funding requests.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.