25 February 2013

Uganda: MPs Launch Forum for Quality Education

Despite the government's intervention in education, they are still a number of challenges affecting the quality of education in the country that need to be urgently addressed, legislators have said.

Launching the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Quality Education, Wakiso Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde noted that despite important gains in access to primary schooling evidenced by generally high enrolment rates, large numbers of children are simply not learning.

She said some of the issues affecting the quality of education in the country include lack of scholastic materials, poor infrastructure and unmotivated staff.

"Children are the future of our country; we need an education system that will produce learners able to compete in the global village. Therefore all of us must work together to ensure every child at all levels receive quality education," Sseninde said.

"The question, however we need to ask ourselves is whether public education is a priority in Government public expenditure. For the last three financial years, the budget for the sector has declined to 14% from 17% in 2007," Sseninde complained.

She also blasted Resident District Commissioners ( RDCs) for politicizing education saying certain political pronouncement have made parents believe that they have no role in education since it is free.

"Where teachers have expressed grievances they have been intimidated by RDCs and security organs making it hard for stakeholders to participate meaningfully in education of our children," she said.

Sseninde said the forum will seek mechanism to strengthen national attention and responsiveness to the challenges affecting the education system that forms the foundation block for the education programme in the country.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga launched the forum.

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