By Ahura Mujuni Mark
A new report on local governments has revealed that district Councillors lack of academic qualifications .
The Local Government Policy Study carried out in August 2013 in 25 districts of Uganda show that this, coupled with poor financing and poor accountability procedures as some of the hindrances to service delivery at the local government levels.
The findings of the study were disseminated during a workshop for Members of Parliament, leading district representatives, experts and diplomats on Monday 23rd September 2013 at Protea Hotel in Kampala.
The Report in its findings notes that most councillors in local governments have no academic qualifications and recommended that completion of the Ordinary Level Certificate of education should be a requirement for the councillors.
It goes on to recommend that the technical staff at sub-county level should be university graduates.
The Study report also notes that the local governments should be involved in the review of the financing that is allocated in each financial year.
The report also notes that the grants to the districts are computed using the 2002 population census statistics which are out-dated and not taking into account the increasing costs of inflation.
It highlights that the funding to each child enrolled in a UPE school has stagnated at shs 7,000 for the last decade.
The report recommends an improved grant system to achieve efficiency.