Education Sector

Education and Sports Department situation report. The Department of Education is charged with overseeing the implementation of the district and National education policies and plans. It also monitors and evaluates the performance of the education system and school operations to keep required standards within the district. The areas of focus include teachers, pupils, school facilities and parents. The Department also seeks to strengthen the institutional frame work for the management of schools and assurance of accountability of public resources in education programmes. The department is one of the best funded sectors in the district. The District Council equally joins the Government to promote education for all its citizens in partnership with parents and others members of the community. As such, the Government's Education policy is to promote quality basic education by improving access by girls and boys, equity and retention in all Primary schools and other levels of learning. Education and Sports Department situation report. The Department of Education is charged with overseeing the implementation of the district and National education policies and plans. It also monitors and evaluates the performance of the education system and school operations to keep required standards within the district. The areas of focus include teachers, pupils, school facilities and parents. The Department also seeks to strengthen the institutional frame work for the management of schools and assurance of accountability of public resources in education programmes. The department is one of the best funded sectors in the district. The District Council equally joins the Government to promote education for all its citizens in partnership with parents and others members of the community. As such, the Government's Education policy is to promote quality basic education by improving access by girls and boys, equity and retention in all Primary schools and other levels of learning.

Education sector Goal:         

To uplift and improve quality performance in Education and Sports sector

Objectives:

Ø    To enroll and retain over 95% of pupils in Primary schools under UPE and USE

Ø    Improve quality and relevance of Primary Education for Girls and Boys

Ø    Improve effectiveness and efficiency of primary Education

Objective 1:   To enroll and retain over 95% of pupils in Primary Schools under UPE and USE.

  Strategy 1: Mobilization of parents, local leaders

Ø    Reduce cost of Education to parents.

Intervention Description

Continue with the implementation of compulsory UPE and USE by providing capitation grants to cover school costs

Strategy 2:  Support programs targeted at disadvantaged children and the youth.

Intervention Description:

Ø          Collaborate with NGOs to implement special projects for disadvantaged and marginalized groups and Integrate NGO staff into the District establishments and provide corresponding wage bills.

Ø          Recruit and train more special Needs Education (SNE) teachers to build capacity for provision of SNE and inclusive Education in the Local Government.

Strategy 3: Reduce Social – Cultural barriers to girl’s school attendance in order to reduce gender disparity in Primary Education

Intervention Description

Ø    Lower Social – cultural barriers to girl’s access to Primary Education.

Ø    This will include among other innervations deploying more female teachers to rural schools to handle gender related issues at school level.

Ø    Increase Girls participation and retention in primary Education through designing and implementing priority programmes and projects as well as disseminating lesions learned.

Strategy 4:  Expand and improve primary school infrastructural facilities

Intervention Description:

Ø          Use the school facilities Grants (SFG) to expand and improve classrooms, teachers’ houses, Pit latrines and other related facilities in order to improve hygiene safety and security of children at school to be gender responsive.

Ø          Repair/Maintain facilities established under the SFG programme in a cost effective manner.

Ø          Make SFG flexible enough to accommodate the diverse infrastructural needs of schools with special needs requirements.

Objective 2:  Improve quality and relevance of primary education for girls and boys.

Strategy1. Enhance instructional quality to increase pupils’ achievement of literacy, numeracy, and basic life skills

Intervention Description

i)                                      Increase pupils’ competences in literacy (read and write), basic arithmetic and practical mathematics (numeracy) to help them master literacy, basic arithmetic and numeracy.

ii)                                    Decongest overcrowded classrooms (particularly at lower primary classes – P1 to P3), to enable teachers to work with manageable groups of pupils that permit significantly more teaching and learning to take place

iii)                                  Craft a new regime of indicators for class size as a basic for determining quality targets and disbursement of funds rather than the current pupil-to-classroom and pupil-to-teacher ratios that tend to mask huge variations among classes particularly P1 & P2 that are generally more crowded than upper primary classes.

iv)                                  Intensify the use of local languages as the medium of instruction in P1-P3, while P4 becomes a transitional class and time for the change of medium of instruction to English.

v)                                    Intensify the implementation of the thematic curriculum that was introduced in 2006.

vi)                                  Implement the continuous assessment system in primary schools to enable teachers to continually assess progress of pupils and provide remedial assistance to pupils that lag behind.

Strategy 2: Strengthen the teaching force

Intervention Description

i)                                            Make teaching in the classroom effective through accelerated recruitment of more qualified teachers, enhanced free service and undertaking regular school inspection and support supervision activities.

ii)                                          Appoint mentor teachers in all schools to liaise between teachers and Coordination and collaboration

iii)                                        Implement a new scheme of service to improve working conditions

Strategy 3:      Adopt pre- primary programs and other measures to prepare children for the intellectual requirements of primary school

Intervention Description

i)                                                  Strengthen public-private partnership in the provision of pre-primary education through licensing of more Early Children Development (ECD) Centres.

ii)                                                Institute measures that discourage under-age enrolment in P1 of children aged five years and below, and over –age children above six years

iii)                                              Integrate remedial programs into P1 and PTE curricula to target children that enroll in P1 with little or no exposure to reading, pre reading materials and other readiness skills

Objective 3:    Improve effectiveness and efficiency of primary education.

Strategy 1:      Ensure that schools manage instructional programs, staff and other resources and become accountable to their communities.

Intervention Description

i)                                            Improve school management through Teacher Development and Management Systems (TDMS) in service training program for head teachers in financial and school management practices

ii)                                          Mobilize communities to participate in school activities

iii)                                        Develop and implement school improvement plans

iv)                                        Effectively monitor pupils’ progress towards acquisition of numeracy and literacy skills

v)                                          Implement the customized performance targets scheme for head teachers rigorously to enhance performance and compliance with set learning achievement targets

Objective 4:  To identify and recommend community schools for Government grant Aiding

Strategy 1:  Schools will be inspected, Evaluated and recommended to Chief Administrative officer (CAO) for onward forwarding to the District Council

Intervention Description:

(i)                                          Arrange for inspection of the school proposed for Government Aiding

(ii)                                        Write a report on these schools and recommend them to CAO

(iii)                                      Seek District Councils approval.

 

 

Distance of households to nearest primary school by sub-county

Distance of households to nearest primary school by sub-county

Sub county

Up to 5kms

Over 5kms

Ishaka Division

13

8

Central division

3

2

Nyakabirizi Division

3

4

Kyabugimbi Sc

9

4

Ruhumuro Sc

5

4

Bitooma

7

5

Kyamuhunga

10

6

Nyabubaare

11

14

Ibaare

6

3

Bumbaire

12

7

Kyeizooba

17

11

Kakanju S/C

9

4

Source: (District Education office)