Decentralized Primary Education: Potential of Community Contributions
People in Uganda consider education to be critical to overcome pervasive poverty, which has persisted over generations. They cite lack of education as one of the major reasons for poverty. The poor often say that people with education have a better life. This is why communities continued to assist local schools during the period of social turmoil and the virtual collapse of public services in the 1970s and the early 1980s. The NRM has also been making education one of its priorities for development. In 1996, during the presidential election, incumbent President Yoweri Museveni promised the Universal Primary Education (UPE) as a new policy for poverty reduction. The UPE was formally launched in December 1996, and its implementation started the following year. It is essentially a subsidy to cover the cost of tuition for four children per family.1
KeywordsPrimary School Central Government Focus Group Discussion Private School Head Teacher
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