State Minister for Higher Education Dr Chrysostom Muyingo has said lack of statistics on schools countrywide is the major cause to stagnation in the development of the Education Sector.
Muyingo said education is key in building critical human capital, urging stakeholders to invest heavily in the sector if Uganda is to realize Vision 2040, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Agenda 2063 among others.
He was making a keynote address on Monday, during the flagging off of a team of 300 personnel from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to carry out a master list of education institutions countrywide. The officials will visit both public and government institutions.
“Human capital is regarded as one of the consumption sectors. Inadequacy of human capital and resource is a big challenge because information data on education is still critical”, he said at the Statistics House in Kampala.
The minister cautioned UBOS field staff, who will be collecting the education Institutions’ data to desist from providing false data, as this will jeopardise the development of education in the country.
“You should not allow heads of schools to influence the outcome of data collection”, he said.
The British High Commissioner to Uganda, Peter West, said his country, through department for International Development (DfID) would continue to support Uganda’s Education Sector in terms of financial and technical assistance.
“The British government has earmarked Shs3.2 billion towards development of education sector in the country”, he said.
He said; data collection for education institutions should be a continuous process, to guarantee accuracy of Statistics information on the state of education in the country.
UBOS acting executive director Vitus M. Kato said the data collection surveys, which start from 11th March to 30th April 2019, is the first of its kind.
“Over the years, the exercise of updating the list of education Institutions has not been done due to logistical constraints. Going forward, this exercise will be undertaken annually, subject to availability of funds”, he said.
He said UBOS is undertaking the exercise in order to collect and provide credible data, to assess the performance of the education sector and ensure better planning and service delivery.