Education in Uganda

Overview

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The majority of literate Ugandans go through two \r\nbasic levels of education i.e. primary and secondary schools and very \r\nfew make progress to university and other tertiary institutions. For the\r\n period 1986-2004, enrolment in primary schools rose from 2,203,824 to \r\n7,377,292 and 123,479 to 697,507 in secondary schools. Out of these \r\nstudents, some Ugandans had a chance to attain pre-primary (pre-school) \r\neducation from 59,829(795 schools) in 2001 to 64,484 pupils in 2003(893 \r\nschools).

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However, due to low response rates in the annual \r\nschool census 2004, only pupils were registered from 538 schools. The \r\ngap between primary and secondary school enrolments is very big, an \r\nindication that most Ugandans stop at primary level of education since \r\nvery few join post-primary institutions. For example in 2004 only 32,047\r\n were enrolled in post-primary institutions compared to 7,377,292 and \r\n697,507 enrolled in primary and secondary schools respectively.

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Figure 2 shows that the gap widened much further \r\nwhen UPE was introduced in 1997. Given that UPE programme has been in \r\nplace for eight (8) years, it is a big challenge for the government and \r\nother stakeholders to manage the UPE thrust for the beneficiaries to \r\ncontinue to secondary and post-primary institutions in 2004 and beyond.