Constraints to girls’ access to secondary education in Uganda
Economic Policy Research Centre
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The Government of Uganda has made significant strides towards achieving Sustainable development goal (SDG) 4 targets—which aims at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education. For secondary education, government has heavily invested in Universal Secondary Education (USE) through public-private partnerships and construction of one government aided secondary school per sub-county. These have yielded positive results in terms of increased number of secondary schools in the country and increase in secondary school enrolment. However, the enrolment of girls in secondary schools has persistently been low compared to boys. This is partly attributed to: (a) Parents continue to be the main funders of secondary education; (b) Unfulfilled government goal of one secondary school per sub-county; and (c) Early marriages and teenage pregnancy. In this regard, there is need to: (a) To put in place measures to eliminate or minimize the rampant and growing element of extra cost burden on parents; (b) Take into account the size of sub-counties as well as natural demarcations of islands in allocation of secondary schools; and (c) Intensify awareness in schools and communities on issues regarding dangers of early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
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