Forget about remote learning. We don’t have money for Radios and TVs – Education Ministry

At the moment, remote learning might be next to impossible after the Ministry of Education opened up on a shortage of funds to buy Radios and TVs to be used.

Our sniper has learnt that there was no money budgeted for the learning equipment in the financial year that ended Tuesday, and plans for the procurement of the equipment are still hanging in balance.

According to an inside source at the Ministry that had a chat with our snoop, The Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary (PS), Alex Kakooza had been instructed by Cabinet to collaborate with the Finance department to find a way they would raise shs. 300Bn to avail 10 million radios to be distributed to each household countrywide and 137, 466 solar-powered television sets to villages.

The PS has been working with the Ministry of Finance to make sure money will be available. After they have confirmed that money will be available, they will start the procurement process – Source

Early on, The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, said Cabinet had approved the plan to purchase radios and TVs but is still looking for a source of the money.

Finance is talking with Education. Whatever they will have come up with, they will have to come back to Cabinet. That means they will have identified where the money is going to come from – Dr Muyingo John Chrysostom

The purchase of 137,466 solar-powered TV sets and 10 million radios to cater for 15 million learners across the country was ordered by President Museveni two months ago