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World Bank Report Trashes Sections Of Vision 2040

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The Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) have shown that as of 2012, “more than 8.4 million students were enrolled in Uganda’s primary schools but several recent studies show that too many school-going children still cannot properly read and count”.

On the other hand, the report has indicated that teachers and health workers had significant knowledge gaps.

“Only 1 in 5 English and mathematics teachers had mastery of the curriculum being taught. In health, only 1 in 10 providers diagnosed all five tracer conditions and half of providers in the lowest level health facilities correctly diagnosed only one condition (or none),” clarifies the report.


The report further revealed that both health and education systems suffer from provider absenteeism.

“In more than half of Uganda’s public schools, over 60% of teachers were not in the classroom teaching, while nearly half of health providers on active duty were not found in health facilities,” indicates the report.

Over the past two decades, Uganda has made a tremendous progress in economic growth, poverty reduction, as well as on some human development indicators.

The results of the SDI, however, show that to sustain or accelerate this progress, Uganda will need to focus on raising quality and efficiency in health and education.

The discovery of oil could be transformational for Uganda in terms of its vision for 2040, but only if, the quality agenda is addressed in health and education.

“Only then can natural resource revenues be translated into long-term economic growth that benefits all Ugandans”.

Recent evidence shows that cognitive skills are much more important in promoting economic growth than number of years of schooling.

“This puts the spotlight on the quality of schooling. The same picture holds in the health sector with steady progress noted in under-five mortality, which fell by half,” the report further reads.

While Uganda has made significant progress in reducing poverty, enrolling more children in school, and raising the child survival rate, serious challenges remain.

“These include ensuring that children learn basic language and mathematics skills in primary school, and that mothers and infants have access to skilled health care, so that tragic and untimely losses of life are prevented,” added the report.

Achieving these goals is not only intrinsically important for all Ugandans, but also necessary for Uganda’s structural transformation.

The Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) reports also indicates a great progress by the Ugandan government in expanding access to education but a great reduction in the learners outcome.

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