Uganda’s success in universal primary education falling apart


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The Universal Primary Education (UPE) scheme, started in 1997, is part of a national policy to provide free primary education for underprivileged children. In record time, numbers in UPE schools soared. Enrolment increased from 3.1 million pupils in 1996 to 8.4 million in 2013, evenly spread between boys and girls. Uganda has been commended for achieving more than 90% of MDG2, which aimed to ensure that all children complete primary school. But this success seems to be falling apart amid a very high number of dropouts and poor-quality schooling. “UPE was a good development for any government to implement. Our problem in Uganda [is that] it was not adequately planned. We are losing out.”

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