Education development partners are concerned that almost three years of primary education are wasted.
Speaking at the Ministry of Education sector review yesterday, US Ambassador Deborah Malac said the country’s children only attend 4.5 years of education of the seven-year primary cycle.
She, however, did not explain why and how the three years are wasted.
“Education is the greatest investment that a country can make in the
future of its citizens. Some of the challenges facing Uganda are due to a
combination of factors, including low learning levels of achievement, continued
high dropout rate and under investment in the education sector.
Uganda’s children receive only 4.5 years of education in the seven-year-primary education cycle,” Ms Malac said.
She added: “Currently, one of three children will survive to Primary Seven and 15 per cent who make it to Primary Seven are unable to do simple arithmetic. At secondary level, learning outcomes are one of declining trend. A proportion of grade two students rated proficient in English dropped from 49 per cent in 2008 to 43.1 per cent in 2013 and in Mathematics, it dropped from 69.4 per cent to 41.5 per cent over the same time period.”
But Mr Zadock Tumuhimbise, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) chairperson, said their performance depends on a number of issues, including the country’s investment in education.