Newvision THE Government has released sh10b to run free education in secondary schools and primary teachers colleges (PTCs). Education ministry permanent secretary Francis-Xavier Lubanga yesterday said the finance ministry had released the money to the education ministry. Lubanga made the remarks during a telephone interview with New Vision yesterday We expect the funds to have been deposited on the PTCs accounts by Thursday, Lubanga said. The colleges had earlier received 33% of the capitation funds, but since they ran into a shortage of funds, they unanimously closed a couple of weeks ago. They are expected to open immediately. Meanwhile, Lubanga added that about sh7.7b would be sent to schools under the Universal Secondary Education (USE) as a top up for last terms capitation grants. In the last quarter of the 2010/11 financial year, USE schools received about 25% of their capitation funds. With the additional sh7b, they will have received at least 90% of the funds they need for first term. We are expecting more funds for USE schools this financial year. We want schools to be run efficiently with enough funds, Lubanga explained. The commissioner for secondary education, John Agaba, said by the end of the school year, all funds owed to schools by the Government would have been cleared. There are 1,488 schools implementing the USE programme in Uganda. Of these, 845 are government-aided and 643 are privately owned. Today, students under USE in private schools are allocated sh47,000 per term and those in government-aided schools get sh41,000. The funds are meant to increase equitable access to education by removing the burden of parents paying school fees and to enhance the performance of schools by providing them with adequate resources.