1. Home
  2. Africa
  3. East Africa
  4. Uganda

Shortage of secondary school places

The education ministry says it is making headway towards eliminating bottlenecks obstructing the transfer of thousands of primary school-leavers to secondary schools.

According to the latest statistics released by the ministry, 130,000 of the primary school pupils who passed their examinations last week will be unable to enter government-owned secondary schools due to capacity shortfalls.

Primary school results published by the government on 23 January show that some 323,982 pupils are competing for 188,500 places in the government secondary schools, if all who are qualified to enrol are to continue their schooling.

"We are doing our best with the resources we have. We have been constructing new secondary schools. We are also offering aid grants and hiring 1,200 new teachers for next term," Secondary Education Minister Beatrice Wabudeya told IRIN.

She went on to note that concerns over the shortfall might be exaggerated, because the country had many private schools. Although statistics on these were unreliable, she added, they were expected to absorb some of the excess numbers. "Our hope is that private schools will be able to absorb some of the excess. We certainly think this will cut down the size of the problem," the minister said.

She added, however, that the government was "still concerned" over a possible shortage of teachers in the secondary schools. "As of now, we are certain that there simply aren’t enough teachers to go round. That must be addressed, and we will soon be releasing funds in an effort to plug the gap," Wabudeya said.

Help make quality journalism about crises possible

The New Humanitarian is an independent, non-profit newsroom founded in 1995. We deliver quality, reliable journalism about crises and big issues impacting the world today. Our reporting on humanitarian aid has uncovered sex scandals, scams, data breaches, corruption, and much more.

 

Our readers trust us to hold power in the multi-billion-dollar aid sector accountable and to amplify the voices of those impacted by crises. We’re on the ground, reporting from the front lines, to bring you the inside story. 

 

We keep our journalism free – no paywalls – thanks to the support of donors and readers like you who believe we need more independent journalism in the world. Your contribution means we can continue delivering award-winning journalism about crises. Become a member of The New Humanitarian today


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

Share this article
Join the discussion

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.

Join