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Govt moves to enhance equitable access to secondary education

Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Education is in advanced stages to enhance equitable access to secondary education in underserved areas and populations including refugees and their hosting communities.

Information available from the ministry indicates that there will be a one-day consultation workshop on Thursday, April 11 starting at 9:00 am at Rwenzori Courts in Kampala with the aim of bringing together all stakeholders in the country’s education system to discuss the Uganda Secondary Education Expansion project (USEEP) under the sponsorship of the World Bank.

The conference will look at education enhancement in underserved areas and populations including refugees and their hosting communities.

USEEP is expected to be effected by December 2019 and will be implemented for a period of five years.

Announcing the stakeholders’ engagement, information shared on Wednesday, April 10, believed to be authored by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Alex Kakooza, said: “We strongly encourage stakeholders to participate in this process and to use the meeting as an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments regarding this upcoming project procurement opportunity.”

The ministry will also get stakeholders’ expert opinions on market conditions, technical aspects of the project and the allocation of risks, presenting details of procurement strategy, including possible delivery models and implementation arrangements, among others.

The project will involve procurement and implementation of different contracts like civil works which will include the construction of about 180 new secondary schools in sub-counties without any secondary school and refugee hosting districts, and various consultancy services, among others.

Expected to attend the meeting include; National Environmental Management Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, book publishers and printing firms, among others.

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