Options for Improving Girls' Access to Secondary Education in Uganda

Options for Improving Girls' Access to Secondary Education in Uganda

Issue No. 41: Uganda was among the first African countries to initiate a large-scale Universal Post-Primary Education and Training (UPPET) program in 2007. As result of this program, the student population in secondary schools increased by 25 percent, while the population in business and vocational schools increased by 46 percent. The focus on post-primary education led to a reorientation of the education budget, with the secondary subsector accounting for 19 percent of public education resources in 2007–08—up from 14 percent prior to the introduction of UPPET. 

Although the share of education sector in the Uganda national budget reduced from 25% in 2000/1 to 15% by 2011/12, the education sector still commands the largest share of the national budget. Despite the successful introduction of
UPPET in 2007, overall secondary school enrolments have remained very low, especially for girls.

Date:2014-01-30Author:Mildred Barungi, Ibrahim Kasirye & Gemma Ahaibwe

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