Education

The department currently has two sectors each headed and run by one officer.

The education department started with two senior officers in 2010. Presently, it has five officers and substantively appointed.

These are:-

  • Education- headed by the District Education Officer.
  • Inspectorate:-Headed by Senior Inspector of Schools

The department has four (4) coordinating centers namely; Buswale CC, SyanyonjaCC, Sigulu CC and Banda.

Mission:

To provide a rational system of setting, defining and viewing standards and equality of education and sports and to monitor achievements or such standards and equality to ensure continually improved education and sports in Uganda

VISION

Formal Education is a powerful tool for transformation of any given society as people are empowered, with knowledge skills positive attitudes to explore and utilize the available resources.

Objectives

  • Deliver quality education through improved teaching and learning in all institutions.
  • Improve access, equity and relation of different categories of learners in all institutions.
  • Equip learners with practical and functional knowledge and skills for sustainable development.
  • Improve the welfare of learners and teachers in all institutions to achieve quality education.
  • Mobilize all stake holders to champion delivery of quality education services for sustainable development.
  • Construct new infrastructure and improve on the existing educational facilities.
  • Improve on the literacy and numeracy levels among learners, through the co-operative leaving and multi-grade approaches.
  • Equip school managers with managerial skills for improved performance, school administration and management.
  • Ensure proper utilization of funds, and teaching and learning materials.

The district currently has 84 government aided primary schools with a total enrollment of …………There are 101 private owned primary schools. There are five (5) government grant aided secondary schools with a total enrollment of ……………. The district also has 11 private secondary schools of which 3 of them are partnering with Government under USE/UPOLET. There are 91 Early Child Development centers. The district has 3 private technical schools.

On infrastructure, the district has 538 permanent classrooms for primary schools and 32 teachers’ houses (for both government and community). The district has got 10,117 desks and 754 pit latrine stances.

Staffing

The district has got 764 teachers in primary schools (government aided) and 64 teachers for secondary schools

Special needs education (SNE)

The district has no unit and specialized facilities to handle SNE children with specific case of  learning disabilities i.e. audiometers, screening, Braille machines, hearing aids, white canes e.t.c. There are also few teachers that can handle special needs education and therefore cannot be distributed to all schools and this has left children with special needs unattended to.

Below is a summary detail of education sector.

Item

FY 2017/18

National standard

Number of government primary schools

84

Each parish should be with a primary school.

Only Nambugu Parish lacks

No. of private primary schools

101

 

No. of government secondary schools

05

At least one per sub county.

Five sub counties lack secondary schools namely Mutumba, Lolwe, Bukana, Buhemba and Namayingo Town Council

No. of private owned schools

11

 

No. of secondary schools partnering with Government under USE/UPOLET secondary schools

03

 

No. technical and vocational schools – government

00

At least one per constituency

No. technical and vocational schools- privately owned

03

 

No. of primary school  teachers

764

 

No. of secondary school teachers

64

97

Pupils enrollment in primary

50611

 

Student enrollment in secondary

3971

 

No. of desks

10,117

1:3

No. of staff houses

32

1;4

Pit latrine stances

754

1:40

No. of class rooms

538

1:53

PLE Performance

DIV.1- 100 (Overall 83.8% passed)

90% pass

No. of Special needs education units

00

At least one per District

No. of ECD centers

91

 

 Teacher –pupil Ratio

1;67

1;53

Teacher -House Ratio

1;80

1;3

Pupils-Book Ratio

1;10

1;3

Pupils-Latrine Stance Ratio

1;75

1;40

Pupil – Desk Ratio

1;5

1;3

Pupils – Classroom Ratio

1:75.

1;53

No. of coordinating centres

04

 

Challenges                                    

  • Negative attitude of parents towards education of their children, which results into a failure to provide lunch, necessary learning equipment like exercise books, pens, mathematical sets, uniform and other requirements.
  • Low literacy rate resultant of which is low educational levels of the population, enshrining belief that education is not a priority, thus a negative attitude towards education.
  • Failure of different stake – holders at various levels to play their obligatory roles to avert the poor academic standards.
  • Failure of schools to come up with proper guiding school mission statements
  • Poor staffing in some schools due inadequate or no accommodation at all for both learners and teachers and being hard to reach areas due to unbearable topography.
  • Negative attitude of both teachers and parents towards the thematic curriculum let alone the inadequacy of the required materials.
  • Inadequate financial support to the department to effect the implementation other Government policies on education like sensitization Delayed release and fluctuating UPE capitation grants which resultantly fail implementation of school and District plans.
  • Failure and contradicting political statements of different stake holders on UPE/USE related issues of co-funding at all levels