An Assessment of the Challenges Facing the Girl Child Education: A Case Study of Katwe Butego Sub County- Masaka District.

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Kampala International University, bachelors degree in guidance and counselling
This study on Assessment of the Challenges Facing the Girl Child Education in Uganda was carried out in Katwe Butego Sub County Masaka District. Specifically the study aimed at finding out the economic factors affecting the girl child education, identifying the socio-cultural factors that affect girl child education and to find to establish whether there are existing strategies for uplifting girls' education. In order to comprehend the problem of the study, a documentary review of Literature on the economic and socio-cultural factors affecting the girl child education as well as on strategies aimed at uplifting girl education was carried out. The study employed a descriptive exploratory design in which both qualitative and quantitative methods were applied where the researcher solicited data from parents, teachers and children on the subject matter, all of whom constituted a sample of 50 respondents. Research instruments included a Questionnaire and an interview guide. The Study findings on economic factors revealed that, poverty in homes, economic value of the girl child; high schooling costs and the country's low level of economic development were factors responsible for the girl child dropout. Socio-cultural factor indicated that early marriages, religious influences, premarital pregnancies, female biased home roles and poor parental attitude challenged the girl child education. The study findings further revealed strategies such as provision of bursaries, organizations to uplift girl child education among others to be in existence. The study concluded that, poverty in families and economic value of girls are the leading economic challenges facing girl child in the country, while early marriage and premarital pregnancies are leading social cultural factors facing girl child education in Uganda. The major strategy identified is provision of bursaries. The study recommended that in order to improve on girl child education and to overcome the challenges facing girl child education in Uganda the government sensitize parents and the public on the importance of girl child education, make UPE compulsory for girls, supply free scholastic materials and give out educational loans as well as providing sanitary pads and towels to girls of adolescent age. Socially NGOs and educated people should can1paign against early marriages of the girl child, parents and school authorities should on routine basis offer sex education to girls to check possibilities of premarital pregnancies among children, families and community should be encouraged and supported morally and financially by the government. Lastly, basing on strategies, a follow up should be made on procedures taken to uplift the girl child education, upcountry and the local council authority should lend a hand in education of girls through enforcing laws since they are nearer to people, training of the staff that handles the girl child matters and government should improve on the bursaries in girl child education.
A Research Report Submitted To The Faculty Of Education In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Award Of A Bachelor Of Education In Guidance And Counseling Administration Of Kampala International University
Girl Child Education, Masaka District