October 15, 2019
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Principal Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance has disclosed that a total of Le42billion will be paid this week as first term school fee subsidy to all primary, junior and senior secondary schools across the country.
Speaking on Saturday October 12, 2019 at the closing ceremony of the 2020 bilateral budget discussions, Matthew Dingie said the funds was in support of the Free Quality Education programme, which is the flagship of the government.
He stated that they are paying the said amount because it has been a month now since the re-opening of schools.
“School subsidy to all primary and secondary schools now is about Le42billion per term. I want to inform you that we will be paying that amount between Monday and Tuesday this week,” he said.
He stated that the move shows the effort they are making in delivering services to the critical sectors that they believe should receive them.
He further disclosed that the second quarter grant of about Le33billion to all local councils will be released on Tuesday October 15, 2019.
“The government hospitals, especially the Peripheral Health Units function under the councils in delivering services to the people. All government hospitals have gone almost the third quarter without having the resources and so we will be releasing again Le13.9billion to them this week,” Dingie disclosed and urged civil society organizations to monitor these disbursements.
He noted that even though the school buses have been supplied and provided for use, they have to wait base on the contractual terms to make sure that they are road worthy and no complaints in terms of their performance before paying the outstanding balance of about 60%.
“By Tuesday, we will be paying Le21billion for all the school buses which were procured. These things are all touching on human capital development,” he said.