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National Integration in Uganda - The Quest for Universal Access to Education

Söderberg, Martin (2003)
Sociology
Abstract
In 1997 the Ugandan government introduced a reform program with the ambition to implement universal primary education. The abolition of tuition fees would ideally guarantee access to the public service delivery system as far as primary education is concerned and help to integrate underprivileged groups with the rest of the diverse society. The launch of universal primary education in Uganda implied a tremendous expansion of the education sector and the capacity of the system proved not sufficient to absorb the drastic increase of enrolment. The study answers the question why the public sector reforms haven’t led to the intended national integration and highlights that the reform program was utterly politicised and subsequently difficult to... (More)
In 1997 the Ugandan government introduced a reform program with the ambition to implement universal primary education. The abolition of tuition fees would ideally guarantee access to the public service delivery system as far as primary education is concerned and help to integrate underprivileged groups with the rest of the diverse society. The launch of universal primary education in Uganda implied a tremendous expansion of the education sector and the capacity of the system proved not sufficient to absorb the drastic increase of enrolment. The study answers the question why the public sector reforms haven’t led to the intended national integration and highlights that the reform program was utterly politicised and subsequently difficult to implement. The study consists of a literature review, an ample document analysis and an interview-based minor field study. A comprehensive comparison is made between government aided schools and private schools in Uganda and the survey shows that the standard and quality of government aided schools is severely deteriorating as a result of the reform program. Ugandan parents who can’t afford to send their children to private institutions access pseudo-education only. Keywords: education, Uganda, nationalism, integration, access, public service (Less)
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author
Söderberg, Martin
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Sociology, Sociologi
language
Swedish
id
1355856
date added to LUP
2004-11-08 00:00:00
date last changed
2011-05-12 15:48:37
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  abstract     = {In 1997 the Ugandan government introduced a reform program with the ambition to implement universal primary education. The abolition of tuition fees would ideally guarantee access to the public service delivery system as far as primary education is concerned and help to integrate underprivileged groups with the rest of the diverse society. The launch of universal primary education in Uganda implied a tremendous expansion of the education sector and the capacity of the system proved not sufficient to absorb the drastic increase of enrolment. The study answers the question why the public sector reforms haven’t led to the intended national integration and highlights that the reform program was utterly politicised and subsequently difficult to implement. The study consists of a literature review, an ample document analysis and an interview-based minor field study. A comprehensive comparison is made between government aided schools and private schools in Uganda and the survey shows that the standard and quality of government aided schools is severely deteriorating as a result of the reform program. Ugandan parents who can’t afford to send their children to private institutions access pseudo-education only. Keywords: education, Uganda, nationalism, integration, access, public service},
  author       = {Söderberg, Martin},
  keyword      = {Sociology,Sociologi},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {National Integration in Uganda - The Quest for Universal Access to Education},
  year         = {2003},
}