Education in Uganda

The government of Uganda considers education a basic human right. Participating in education is also viewed as part of the solution to reducing poverty. The government is dedicated to providing equitable access to quality and affordable education to all Ugandans.

The education sector in Uganda is constrained by many challenges. These include a high level of teacher and student absenteeism, weak school level management structures, inadequate availability of learning materials, and large class sizes. A major issue is also the availability of teachers in disadvantaged areas and a lack of accommodation for teachers in rural, hard to reach areas.

The Education Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 (ESSP) is aimed at addressing three critical concerns:

  • The failure of primary schools to provide literacy, numeracy, and basic life skills to all children.
  • Inadequate preparation in secondary schools for the workforce or tertiary education.
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds did not have access to tertiary education. 

Blogs and news

GPE Partners
March 04, 2019
From Burkina Faso to Tajikistan, from Niger to Uganda, partners from ministries of education, grant agents, coordinating agencies and civil society give their views on the value that GPE brings to...
Grace, age 12, in the Primary 5 classroom at Makamba Primary School. Uganda. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
January 10, 2019
The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat has approved grants totaling more than US$1.3 million to support education sector analysis and planning, as well as education program development in...
Children and teacher raise their hands. Malawi Primary School. Credit: GPE/Tara O'Connell
January 10, 2019
As we start 2019, we share some of our New Year’s resolutions to ensure more children are in school and learning.

Latest grant

Girls in class at Makamba Primary School Uganda, November 2017.

CREDIT: GPE/Livia Barton
Development objective: Support government in improving teacher and school effectiveness in the public primary education system.
Allocation:US$100,000,000
Years:2014-2019
Grant agent:IBRD
Disbursements:US$66,199,287

Uganda’s first GPE grant of US$100 million is focused on improving teacher and school effectiveness in the public education system.

The three components of the grant are:

  1. Strengthening teacher competency, resources, motivation, and accountability.
  2. Establishing a supportive enabling environment for strengthening teacher competency.
  3. Financing advisory, technical, and capacity building for project implementation, data management, monitoring and evaluation, improving teacher payroll, and preparing the next education sector plan.

The ministry of Education and Sports leads the program with the World Bank as the grant agent and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.

Grants

All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2014-2019 100,000,000 66,199,287 IBRD Progress report
Sector plan development 2013 250,000 249,717 IBRD
Program development 2013 300,000 299,949 IBRD
  TOTAL 100,550,000 66,748,953    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Uganda. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the grants section.

Access

Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Public expenditure on education as a share of public expenditure (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated October 03, 2018