Education Notes is a series produced by the World Bank to share lessons learned from innovative approaches to improving education practice and policy around the globe. Background work for this piece was done in partnership, with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Uganda's primary enrollment rates
have risen remarkably since 1996, when the Government
eliminated fees in a bold attempt to achieve universal
primary education. But the massive expansion in numbers has
affected the quality of education; and it will be a major
challenge to cope with the rising demand for post-primary
education. Key lessons learned include: Successful education
reform in developing countries like Uganda require high
levels of political and education management commitment that
is sustained over a long period. The big bang approach can
be a very powerful policy instrument for getting all the
children into school and Uganda had managed to do this very
well. Timely, flexible donor support is a critical factor.