Reports from various education stake holders have cited low learning outcomes as one of the issues affecting quality education. The 2016 Uwezo-'Are our Children Learning Report shows that pupils in primary three are not able to do primary 2 arithmetic.
Education and Sports Minister, Janet Museveni
has tasked educationists to find a solution to the persisting low learning outcomes.
She was speaking during the
opening of the 26th Education and Sports Sector Review meeting taking
place in Kampala. She urged all delegates
present to do something and find a solution to one of the sector's persisting problems.
Reports from various education stake holders
have cited low learning outcomes as one of the issues affecting quality
education. The 2016 Uwezo-'Are our Children Learning Report shows that pupils
in primary three are not able to do primary 2 arithmetic. Data from the 2018 National
Assessment for Progress in Education shows literacy the rate for P3
and P4 stands at 49.9 percent and numeracy 22.2 percent.
At P6 the literacy rate stood at 53.1 percent
and numeracy at 50.9 percent. According to the minister, while results from the 2018
Primary Leaving Examinations show an improvement in performance by 0.4 percent,
the level of literacy and numeracy are still low even with the introduction of
Universal Primary Education.
Mrs. Museveni says the reasons why learners are not learning
enough are still an issue that is challenging them. She tasked educationists
attending the sector review meeting to find a solution to the problem she says
has been eluding them.
"We need to identify
why children are not learning enough. What aren't we doing? What should we do
to improve learning outcomes? The answers to these questions are eluding
us. I task this review to identify underlining factors and also mitigating
measures on why our children are not learning enough and what we should do,”
According to a recent World Bank report,
Uganda's children who complete primary seven receive the equivalent of 4.5
years of education. The report showed that 1 out of 3 children who reach P.7
are not literate at P 2 level while 15 percent cannot do simple arithmetic.
Deborah Malac, the US Ambassador to Uganda says that it is
vital for government to address the learning outcomes if development is to take
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Educationists that URN spoke to say the solutions to
improving learning outcomes are complicated. Maria Gorretti Nakabugo,
the regional coordinator of Uwezo, says the answer to improving learning
outcomes is not a one day affair.
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Zadock Tumuhimbise, the chairman of the Uganda National
Teachers Union says government's inability to fill the teacher human resource
gap in the country is responsible for the low learning outcomes.