Teacher Issues in Uganda: a shared vision for an effective teachers policy

Uganda. Ministry of Education and Sports
158 p.
978-92-803-1378-9; 978-92-803-1378-9

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About the publication

Education is a key factor for promoting national development objectives and is instrumental to the achievement of Uganda's Vision 2040. The Education and Sports Sector Plan (2007-2015) clearly elaborates the mission of the Ministry of Education and Sports, that is, to “support, guide, coordinate, regulate and promote quality education and sports to all persons in Uganda for national integration, individual and national development.” Therefore, as we witness a strong economic growth in Uganda, we do expect that the education sector continues to benefit in resources from both the public and private sector; and in particular, substantial resources go to the teaching work force wage bill. This TISSA report provides a holistic overview of teacher issues in Uganda that are based on a meticulously undertaken assessment using the methodological guidelines for the analysis of teacher issues in sub-Saharan African countries, a UNESCO initiative. The results indicate that Uganda faces demographic pressure with increasing number of school going age population that translates into the need for more teachers, especially in basic education. The inability of teacher training institutions to ensure adequate supply of well trained pre-service and in-service training teachers pauses a big problem of quantity and quality of teachers in the country. Though access to primary and secondary education has increased over the years, there is a problem of many pupils starting school late and high dropout rate, leading to low completion rate.