High population growth rate affecting education

The rapid population growth is exerting pressure on the limited resources to deliver quality education in Uganda.

Presenting her annual performance report, Rose Nassali Lukwago, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary has told education stakeholders at the 12th Education Sector Review workshop that while government is committed to improving the teaching and learning environment, the increasing population continues to hinder their progress.

She has appealed to the public to advocate for lower population growth if they are to get quality services.

However, she admitted that there are other challenges like the presence of “ghost teachers, ghost pupils and ghost schools” within the ministry which also undermine the delivery of quality education.

While it was reported that enrolment to primary had increased from 8.4million to 8.7million pupils in the year under review, the pupil teacher ratio remained constant.

The pupil classroom ratio declined from 51:1 in financial year 2013/14 to 59:1 in 2014/15.

The total number of teachers on government payroll reduced by 6 per cent from 132, 656 to 131, 840.

The transition rate to Senior One declined by almost two percentage points from 72.2per cent to 70.5per cent.

The transition rate to Senior Five also declined by the same margin.