Sunday, July 21, 2019
The issue of how Uganda can sustainably improve learning outcomes for its young school going citizens has, once again come to the fore; with the World Bank proposing in its 13th edition "Economic Update on Human capital in Uganda- report” that the country, among other things-abolishes PLE [National exam in the final grade of Primary school] as a means to improve transition rates to lower secondary and to achieve universal lower secondary enrolment. It a contentious proposal, which has raised eyebrows, even when the World Bank says the policy of abolishing exams in the final grade of primary, is now widely…
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…
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