Education is about giving all people the knowledge and skills they need to be active citizens, participate successfully in the economy and fulfill themselves as individuals. Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) programmes though were well intended are free of knowledge and skills but rather more about quantities. Public and private institutions right from primary to university lack sufficient qualified teachers, teaching aids and infrastructure including laboratories. The salaries in the sector are very low and unattractive and cannot motivate teachers to concentrate on the teaching profession.
The main problem is insufficient funding to the sector.
I shall ensure:
- Increased funding to the sector to at least 20% of the national budget
- Review of policies and laws in the education sector
- A full revamp of Uganda’s education system to ensure that schools and institutions help students to reflect on modern industry practices, have a strong focus on competency-based training methods and provide students with robust practical experience.
- A review of teachers’ salaries to encourage more people to join the profession but also motivate teachers to achieve quality products
- Complete retooling and upgrading of teachers at all levels
- Recruit more teachers at all levels of education to improve the teacher to student ratio
- Set up of specialized teacher training institutions
- An improvement of vocational and technical institutions by providing an enabling environment like infrastructure including laboratories and workshops
- Government provides at least 90% of primary education, 80% of ordinary level secondary education, at most 50% vocational/ technical and high school education and 30% of University education.
- Educational loans are provided to higher education students to enable them complete their studies
- Minimum standards at all levels of education are enforced for both private and public institutions to assure quality education.