The challenges of implementing universal primary education by local governments in Uganda: a case study of Masaka district

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2008-11
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Kampala international University College of Humanities and Social Science
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the challenges of implementing universal primary education in Masaka District. The specific objectives of the study were to investigate the problems of primary education in Masaka District, determine whether UPE 1s sustainable in the face of increasing costs of education and to get procedures that can help solve the challenges of primary education. The study revealed that the implementation of UPE is hindered by Class size and Shortage of teachers. According to The teachers the implementation process of UPE was very hasty and led to a shortage of teachers with those available being overworked. The study revealed that Poverty is one of the major hindrance in the implementation of UPE. According to the study even though primary education is free parents are required to pay some extra fee and also buy school requirements for the children and food. The study revealed that the quality of education in UPE is not good. When asked about the quality of education offered in the public schools, the respondents were almost unanimous in saying that it had gone down since the introduction of UPE. The study concluded that The implementation of free primary education is hindered by Class size and Shortage of teachers, Infrastructure and learning materials for UPE are inadequate, Poverty and that the quality of education had gone down since the introduction of UPE. The study recommended that more teachers should be trained to meet the growing number of pupils. As mentioned earlier, the increase in pupil numbers as a result of UPE has raised the challenge of the need for more teachers. The Ministry of education should build more schools, and provide instructional materials. The increase in the number of schools has not kept pace with the increase in the number of students.
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A Research Proposal Submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration of Kampala International University
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Universal primary education, Local governments, Uganda, Masaka district
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