Open Schooling Programme: The Answer To Education Access And Quality In Uganda

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Education is the yardstick for every country’s political and socio-economic development; which acts as a basis of reducing poverty and inequality by enabling the use of new technologies, creating and spreading knowledge. Despite the large inflows of donor financing and the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports; the sector for the last 29 years is still grappling to balance the increasing access with quality education in secondary schools. Therefore, the main objective of this article is to explore the new strategies the Ministry of Education and Sports can employ to increase access while improving the quality education in the country.

The article is based on literature review and the author’s experience in education. The article examines the advantages of open schooling and reveals that the programme provides the fast-track options for retaining students; bringing dropouts and over-aged learners to school; reducing administrative costs and enabling young people to be effective in life. Furthermore, the researcher discusses the likely challenges of the programme and gives practical working solutions aimed at overcoming the challenges of implementing the programme in Uganda.

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Robert Agwot Komakech is the Fieldwork Coordinator and Head of Department, Business Studies & Management, Kumi University. Komakech has over 08 years of progressive teaching experience at Secondary School and University level mainly for undergraduate programmes and internationally exposed and has traveled in more than 06 countries. He has published Journal Articles in refereed Local and International Journals within his areas of academic competence and research interest and the most recent publication is ” Open Schooling Programme: the Answer to Education Access and Quality in Uganda”. He has made a number of paper presentations at local and international workshops and conferences. Komakech has supervised more than 25 undergraduate students’ research to successful completion. He is well known for his professionalism, transparency and integrity with his excellent ability to communicate and presents knowledge to learners through lectures and other forms of teaching as well provides counseling and career guidance.