Community Involvement Improves Performance in Ugandan Primary Schools

Despite relative success in improving school access in Uganda since the mid-90s, learning outcomes at the national level remain poor, and challenges remain to achieve Universal Primary Education (UPE) – despite a noted increase in devoted resources over the past 10 years – especially in terms of “quality” of education services. Previous studies have shown that the “weakness of accountability mechanisms between school administrators, teachers, and the communities” is an important factor contributing to such low educational achievements in Uganda. Therefore, identifying ways to strengthen these mechanisms in the delivery of free primary education is a major priority concern among policy makers in the country.