Govt secondary schools to shine by 2020 as they get 89bn/- boost

GOVERNMENT secondary schools will shine in academic performance by 2020, thanks to record investments.

At least 89bn/- has been injected into the rehabilitation of 89 government secondary schools, whose completion will be followed by improving a learning and teaching environment, thus giving parents a wider choice of services offered by public schools.

This was said by the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Suleiman Jaffo during his brief tour yesterday.

He said soon private secondary schools would be forced to reduce school fees they were charging and those offering poor education would naturally die. He commended Kakonko District Council for good performance, saying it was doing well in various development projects compared to other local governments.

He was pleased with the construction of the district executive director’s office worth 800m/- unlike similar structures in other councils that consumed up to 1.2bn/-, but construction was not up to the standard.

“I am happy with what I have seen here. We have given other district councils money, but with no realised value for the money invested. I will fight for you and ensure you get the new district hospital by 2020,” he noted.

Earlier, Mr Jaffo visited Kakonko Secondary School and directed that dormitories should be supplied with water by October, this year. The minister cautioned all district councils to undertake their construction programmes using a newly introduced account system, which he said was cost effective compared to an old tendering system that involved cumbersome and corrupt procedures occasioning massive losses of taxpayers’ money.

He said the advantage of the new system was for local committees to implement intended projects faithfully and strictly meeting deadlines, while the projects in question created more job opportunities.

The minister said the system was causing good results with the ongoing construction of health centres amid studies showing it was increasingly becoming more effective.

Briefing the minister, Kakonko District Commissioner(DC), Hosea Ndagala and District Executive Director Lusubilo Mwakabibi said the district was busy with the Buyungu by-election scheduled for completion on Sunday.

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