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Works On Ministry Of Education Offices To Be Commissioned

Works On Ministry Of Education Offices To Be Commissioned

Mrs. Janet Kataha Museveni, the Minister of Education is set to commission the construction of the headquarters of the Ministry of Education. This is expected to happen today and the construction works are estimated to cost about Shs63.9 billion.

The projected twin tower design is set to house all the departments under the Education ministry, which has incurred heavy expenses on rent. The new offices are located in Kyambogo, adjacent to Kyambogo Primary School near Kabaka’s palace.

Mr Denis Mugimba, the ministry’s PRO said in an interview that the government is funding the building’s construction. Apparently, the funding is through a loan from the Islamic Development Bank.

He further said the twin towers design will have one building with 8 floors and the other with 10 floors. In addition to that, it will have a 600-seat auditorium and two parking decks that will be situated nearby.

The structure projected to house over 700 staff is expected to be completed within two years from the date of commissioning.

“Upon completion, all the departments and agencies within the Ministry of Education will relocate to our new premises. Only the independent agencies, such as NCHE (National Council for Higher Education), will remain at their current locations,” Mr Mugimba said yesterday.

The Auditor General has previously listed the Ministry of education as one of the sectors spending substantially on rent.

In the last financial year’s report, the ministry spent about Shs5 billion on staff rentals. Most of the offices are used by the Ministry’s technical staff, departments and agencies including the Directorate of Education Standards.

Currently, construction preparations are already underway, with tractors marking and grading the land at the venue.

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