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…
The sad reaction to news that he had scored aggregate 29 in last year's Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) said it all.Thirteen-year-old Robert Wangota was distraught;finding it hard to reconcile himself to the news. “I let myself and my parents down. I had expected to perform well and my parents had high hopes in me,” Wangota, who hails from Bubetsye village in Nyondo sub-county, Mbale district in Eastern Uganda, said plaintively. Wangota had expected better grades having scored aggregate 11 in the mock examinations. He sat his exams at Nyondo Primary School.Wangota was however not the only pupil from the Eastern region of…