West Nile Stakeholders Advise on New
Nationwide stakeholder consultations on
education, provide unique information on issues affecting the region. The Commission is visiting regions and
engaging stakeholders in the education sector to solicit their views and
proposals for the formulation of the new education policy for Uganda.
The Education Policy Review
Commission led by the Chair, Hon. Col. (rtd) Amanya Mushega, met key education
stakeholders in West Nile region. These included district and municipal
leaders, educationists, civil society, administrators of refugee camps, religious
leaders, faith-based education entities, community leaders, teachers, parents
The Commission visited schools and
institutions of learning to get firsthand impressions of the education system –
curriculum application, teacher pupil ratio, attendance, feeding, building structures,
quality of teachers, administration, fees structures, and more.
Some of the policy proposals and
recommendations highlighted by stakeholders are outlined here:
Access to pre-primary in government schools is still limited
since it’s not provided for. ECD should be mainstreamed under each Government
aided secondary school.
School feeding especially lunch meals remains critical. Many
learners continue to study hungry. This has led to irregular attendance of
students and low attention spans in class.
Schools acknowledge that the lower secondary school
curriculum is better. It makes learning learner-centered. However, the
challenge is that the training of teachers to deliver the curriculum was
inadequate. This is coupled with inadequate infrastructure and lack of instructional
materials to implement the curriculum.
The teacher pupil ratio in some schools is 1-200, this
affects effective teaching and learning. This was attributed to lack of
accommodation, no-show of teachers posted to these schools and more.
Several districts within the region have high dropout rates
of school-going students, especially at the primary level. Promote skilling and
tooling at primary level.
Influx of refugees from neighboring countries overwhelm the
education system. Plan to accommodate numbers.
The issue of teachers’ remuneration remains critical. The
teachers reported that Government shouldn’t expect much from a low-paid
teacher. This is worsened by salary delays. At the time of the visit in some
schools, teachers had not received their salaries for the last three months.
This has affected teacher performance which also ultimately affects learners. In
addition to emerging indiscipline among science teachers due to pay disparities.
The region has several languages, making it impossible to
instruct learners in Lugbara language. Consider developing instruction
materials for pre-primary and lower primary.
There is limited understanding of Government policies by the
members of the Boards. There is no qualification for appointment to the Board
and lack of the requisite training for
Boards of Governors and School Management Committees.
There is inadequate budget for inspection of education
institutions. This should be increased
to allow monitoring by the district.
In conclusion, the Education Policy
Review Commission will continue holding public hearings, consultations and
dialogue with key stakeholders across the country. The Commission gathers views
and proposals about Uganda’s education and sports sector. The findings will be
used to inform the formulation of a macro policy framework for human capital
development in the country.