Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Nearly 17 years ago, the Ugandan education ministry closed half of the country’s national teachers colleges (NTCs) on the basis that demand for Grade 5 Diploma teachers had dropped. However, the Government recently launched a sh96b reconstruction project to revamp the country’s remaining five NTCs. Masaabachronicle analyses the reasons behind this change of heart. It is rare to find a Ugandan secondary school of repute, these days advertising teaching positions for diploma holders. Almost two decades ago, the Government realised the dwindling demand for diploma-holder (Grade 5) teachers and scaled down the number of national teachers’ training colleges (NTCs) by…
When 13 year old Rose Ariokot gaily returned to her poverty stricken parent's home in Amudat [Northern Uganda] for holidays, late last year, she had no clue her relatives were planning to take her through the outlawed initiation custom, otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).Against her wish, Ariokot was taken through the rite.A year later, her poor parents married her off, after supposedly failing to raise her school fees.It had been Ariokot’s wish to continue with school, however. Ariokot had invariably given a good account of herself in class.Some of her former classmates, say she was always among the best…
Over the past two and a half decades, Uganda has made remarkable inroads in promoting gender parity in its education system. The parity was achieved in 2009 [50% boys and 50% girls enrolled]. Education policy analysts however argue that there has been a disproportionate trajectory to the index in recent years as more girls have enrolled, survived and finished school than boys. The status quo now is that the girl child enjoys better education attainment outcomes than the boy child. To that end, experts argue that more efforts should go into supporting measures aimed at engendering higher education enrolment, retention…
Uganda, has in recent years, been at the forefront of education policy reform in sub Saharan Africa. For the most part, the country’s problematic assessment framework has formed the basis for reform discussions among the country’s leading educationists.   The upshot of discussions have been recommendations calling for the adoption of a formative assessment for learning system; a system, education experts argue would sustainably contribute to better learning outcomes for Uganda’s learners than the traditional pen and paper summative tests and exams, the country is accustomed to. One of the policy frameworks that were enacted in line with the recommendations…
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