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Top 10 Facts about Education in Uganda

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1. From 2007 to 2011, [url=http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/uganda_statistics.html]90% of Ugandan males 15-24 years old are literate.[/url]
2. Similarly, [url=http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/uganda_statistics.html]85% of Ugandan girls 15-24 years old are literate.[/url]
3. The education system of Uganda consists of [url=http://www.sacmeq.org/sacmeq-members/uganda/education-fact-sheet]7 years of primary school, 6 years of secondary school (a 4-year cycle of lower secondary school followed by a 2-year cycle of upper secondary school), and then 2-5 years of tertiary education.[/url]
4. In 1997, Uganda introduced its [url=http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/know_sharing/grassroots_stories/uganda.shtml]Universal Primary Education (UPE) Programme[/url], a strategy providing free education to all Ugandan children.
5. Since the UPE Programme’s initiation, [url=http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/4072.pdf]gross primary school enrollment increased from 3.1 million in 1996 to 7.6 million in 2003, number of primary schools from 8,531 in 1996 to 13,353 in 2003, and the number of primary school teachers from 81,564 in 1996 to 145,587 in 2003.[/url]
6. In 2007, Uganda became [url=http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/oct/25/free-secondary-education-uganda-mixed-results]the first sub-Saharan African country to spearhead universal secondary education.[/url]
7. Within a year after the secondary school program’s introduction, [url=http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/oct/25/free-secondary-education-uganda-mixed-results]secondary education enrollment increased from 50% to 69%.[/url]
8. With both of the programs, the UPE Programme and the Universal Secondary Education scheme, the gender gap in education has grown narrower where girls’ enrollment into primary schools increased from [url=http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/4072.pdf]45% in 1993 to 49% in 2003[/url] and girls’ enrollment into secondary school increasing from [url=http://www.wbiconpro.com/226-Allegadara.pdf<br]10.6% in 2005 to 15% in 2009.[/url]
9. However, both programs have been beset by challenges like [url=http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/oct/25/free-secondary-education-uganda-mixed-results<br]inadequate teaching space/materials[/url] and [url=http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/4072.pdf]teachers lacking appropriate training.[/url]
10. 10. Female enrollment into tertiary school has increased from [url=http://www.education.go.ug/files/downloads/ESSAPR%20%20FY2012_13.pdf<br]36.7% in 2000 to 44% in 2012/2013.[/url]

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