• Is Parliament starving the education sector? A critical look at lower secondary education as an unfunded priority

    In 2014, States including Uganda retaliated in the Muscat Agreement to oblige with the internationally accepted standard to commit 6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the education sector. However, Uganda is yet to implement this and other international obligations requiring the state to allocate substantial resources to the education sector. An analysis of the Uganda National Budget Framework Papers and the Education Sector Ministerial Policy Statements shows that though spending on education has increased in absolute figures, it has declined as a percentage of the GDP from 4.2% in 2003/2004 to 3.3% in 2013/2014. In terms of education for all, the 2000 Dakar Declaration cites provision of adequate, equitable and sustainable resources as the foremost challenge as many governments do not give education sufficient priority in their national budgets.

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