Tuesday March 11 2014

UPE denies pupils quality education

Very few people would dispute the well regarded fact that education is important. It is true that a good education will provide a child with an increased chance of taking advantage of opportunities to be successful in life but it is so unfortunate that some people have it better than others.

It is quite evident that disparity in educational quality in Uganda is delineated by financial status. Whereas a rich man’s son attends the highest standard private school in town, a poor man has no option but to take his child to a lower standard UPE or USE school. This implies that children who hail from poor family backgrounds have a high likelihood of attending schools that lack many necessities that could help equip them with the basic social life skills.

This is not an issue of one school being better than the other but rather about Ugandan children being denied a proper education that will prepare them to compete in the job market with their peers and have the same access to social services.

Ismail Ddumba,
Youth advocate