No Money for Sanitary Pads – Janet M7
By Serestino Tusingwire
The minister for education and sports, Janet Museveni, has said there is no money to provide sanitary pads for girls in schools.
It should be remembered that while campaign in Lango sub-region in 2015, president Museveni pledged that if re-elected, his government will provide school going out with free sanitary pads.
“The NRM government will provide free sanitary pads so that the girls don’t run out of schools because they are embarrassed by periods,” Museveni pledged.
This was to be elected in 2017/18 financial year.
However, the minister while appearing before the Parliament’s education committee yesterday to discuss its 2.6 trillion shilling budget proposal for the 2017/18 financial year, she revealed that the government has no money for pads.
“I want you to know that we haven’t got the funding for this year budget yet, but we are hoping that if we can get that funding, we could do battle it,” Janet revealed.
In the meeting, education officials accused the government of under-funding the education sector, saying that its slowing down the business in the sector.