Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development - National Priorities - State House Uganda

Education

The Ministry of Finance has allocated Shs. 115.9 billion to the Education sector for financial year 2011-2012. Emphasis will be placed on building on the successes of Universal Primary and Secondary Education by giving priority to the following interventions in the next financial year:-

  1. Extension of free Universal education to A-level and Business, Technical, Vocational and Education Training (BTVET) beginning in January 2012, Shs. 58.8 billion has been allocated. In addition, there will be scaling up of Universal Secondary Education with an additional allocation of Shs. 20.3 billion for the capitation grant;
  2. Provision of Shs. 9.2 billion for the necessary physical infrastructure  and Shs. 12.9 billion for personnel cost to address quality constraints at all levels of the education sector as well as Shs. 1.8 billion for enhanced inspection of schools;
  3. Support private sector vocational institutions with equipment, key staff and salaries as well as enhanced inspection of schools; and
  4. Development and retention of a pool of national expertise in the emerging mining, oil and gas industries. This will be done through undertaking quick skills mapping and supporting the existing vocational and tertiary institutions to start or expand programmes for the required skills.

The legal and institutional framework for the proposed Student Loan Scheme for University Education will be completed in the course of next financial year and will be implemented in the future.

Health

The health care delivery system still faces many challenges ranging from inadequate infrastructure, staff shortages and low remuneration and general mismanagement of facilities. To consolidate the progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the health sector, Government will prioritize the following interventions in the next financial year:

  1. Increased funding for drugs worth Shs. 96 Billion;
  2. Increased attention to Maternal and Reproductive Health for which I am proposing to allocate a total of Shs. 24 billion;
  3. The rehabilitation of Mulago National Referral Hospital together with the construction of Maternal and Child Health centre; and the
  4. Construction of new District Hospitals in Kawempe and Makindye divisions of Kampala.

Water

In the water sector, emphasis will be put on provision of new water point sources in rural areas, rehabilitation of existing sources, and provision of small piped schemes for Rural Growth Centers. In particular, 750 shallow wells, 910 deep wells, 36 piped water systems and 45 valley tanks will be constructed at the Local Government level during the year.

This is in addition to ongoing work on gravity flow systems and piped water systems in Kaabong, Namalu, Abim, Bukedea and Kapchorwa which have already begun.

Further emphasis will be placed on improving efficiency in the Water sector. This will involve increased monitoring of performance to ensure the delivery of agreed targets.