Syllabus sells Uganda short
- Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:33
Luke Reilly explains that teaching content, not language, is the challenge in Ugandan primary education, with the main culprit being the curriculum
Uganda is a country with an extremely young population. Almost half of its people are under fifteen years old. Of this demographic, around 86 per cent in rural areas attend primary schools but only 14 per cent then go on to secondary education.
According to the data from the Uwezo initiative, Ugandan literacy and numeracy are lagging far behind its east African neighbours Tanzania and Kenya.
The medium of education in Uganda is English. Schools discourage pupils communicating in ‘vernacular’ languages, and the government seems to expect children to be fluent around Year 3. But, as I have found out from first-hand experience, the reality is very different.