Ugandan Children are Not Learning-Report

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The report, titled “Are Our Children Learning” indicates that out of every 10 children assessed in primary three, only one is able to comprehend primary two level stories and rightly solve primary two level divisions.

The Quality of education in schools across uganda is continously declining, a New report by Uwezo initiative indicates .

Uwezo is a four year initiative that aims to improve competencies in literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years old in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
 
The report, titled “Are Our Children Learning” indicates that out of every 10 children assessed in primary three, only one is able to comprehend primary two level stories and rightly solve primary two level divisions.
 
The survey involved over 40 thousand pupils and homesteads in all the districts in the country and targeted children between six to sixteen years in primary schools.
 
The outcomes indicate that the national picture is generally poor and points to a glaring problem in enhancing the quality of education in the country. It further shows that Northern and Eastern Uganda record the worst performances while west and central Uganda continue to do slightly better.

Mary Gorreti Nakabugo, the Country Director of UWEZO Uganda says the failure to achieve better quality education cannot be blamed on a single entity. Nakabugo says every stakeholder must take a responsibility to improve the quality;

Parents share the blame for neglecting their responsibilities of providing for their children, teachers for failing to concentrate on what to deliver and government for failing to honour its obligation particularly to improving teachers' welfare, Nakabugo adds.

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Rosemary Sseninde, the chairperson of The Parliamentary Forum on Quality Education says the report will form a basis for advocacy in improving the quality of education. She says the forum will use the report to engage parliament and ministry of education to provider better quality of education for the children.

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Robinson Nsumba Lyazi, the Commissioner for Private Schools in the Ministry of Education and Sports says the report is a true reflection of what is happening across the country. He says instead of mourning, different stakeholders must take deliberate action to rectify the situation.

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This is the third report this year painting a grim picture of education quality in the country. In October this year, during the annual education sector review, different stakeholders all agreed that the quality of teaching and learning in all schools across the country was poor. The World Bank and Economic Policy Research Centre reports also had similar assessments last month.