Performance of Public-Private Partnerships in delivering social services: The Case of Universal Secondary Education Policy Implementation in Uganda

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Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)
After implementing the Universal Primary Education policy for 10 years, Uganda initiated the Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy in 2007. The objective of the USE initiative was to equitably increasing access to secondary education. The policy is implemented by public secondary schools as well as through a Public-Private Partnership (USE PPP) between the Ministry of Education and Sports and selected private secondary schools—mainly in sub counties without any public secondary schools. Within USE PPP, the government provides a subsidy (capitation grant) to private schools to enrol UPE graduates. This brief examines the performance of the USE PPP. The focus on USE PPP is due to the fact that this type of arrangement never existed prior to the USE policy. Based on primary data collected by the authors in 2013, we show that the USE PPP is performing moderately well in terms of good accountability, relevance, effectiveness, impact and participation. However, the USE PPP is performing poorly in terms of efficiency and sustainability.