Education Sector

The directorate is charged with overseeing the implementation of national and district 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, and parents and school facilities.

The sector is comprised of the following sub-sectors; District Education Office, Inspection, Sports, Special Education, Uganda Primary Education, Secondary Education, Tertiary Education and Public Libraries.

The district has 73 Government Aided and 66 Private Primary Schools.07 Government Aided and 22 Private Secondary schools. There are 746 primary school teachers and 115 secondary school teachers. The areas of focus include teachers, pupils, parents and school facilities.

Education Service delivery Indicators

    • Permanent classroom to pupil ratio is 1:54 against standard ratio of 1:55
    • Sitting desk to pupil ratio 1:7 against a ratio of 1:3
    • Pit latrine stance to pupil ratio 1:72 against National ratio of 1:71.
    • Text book to pupil ratio 1:10 against National ratio of 1:1
    • Teacher to pupil ratio is 1.54 against the National Standard of 1:53.
    • Teacher student ratio is 1:31 against the National standard of 1:29
    • Classroom to student ratio is 1:53 against the National standard of 1:47
    • Girl child dropout rate is 36% due to early pregnancies, lack of condusive sanitary facilities at schools and child labour.

Current trend:-

Table 2.15: Number of education Institutions by type

Facility

Ownership

 

Govt

Private

Public-private partnership

Pre-primary

11

77

0

Primary schools

73

89

0

Secondary schools

7

25

6

Teacher’s training colleges

1

0

0

Technical college

0

0

0

Vocational

0

0

0

Technical schools

0

0

0

Source: Directorate of Education Bukomansimbi 2015

From the table above, it is evident that the number of private institutions in the district are steadily increasing year by year. This calls for strict inspection and supervision in order to ensure quality education. It should also be noted that there no government vocational and technical institutions in the district in additional to the pre-primary institutions. Though the later has peculiar characteristics that are not catered for under the government education system. There is therefore, need to continuously update the established database were we will capture relevant information on the annual Education intervention and programmes initiated.

2014 census results revealed that 6.3% of the households were located 5kms or more from public primary schools and 45.1% of the households were located 5kms or from  public secondary schools. This implies that more secondary schools are needed in the district atleast every parish should be having one.

Table 2.16: Number of primary schools by County, Sub-County and Parish

Source: Directorate of Education Bukomansimbi- 2011

COUNTYNAME

SUB-COUNTY

No OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS

GOV'T AIDED

PRIVATE

BUKOMANSIMBI

 

BUKOMANSIMBI NORTH

Bigasa

24

15

9

Kitanda

27

20

7

Kibinge

33

15

18

Butenga

26

16

10

Bukomansimbi Town Council

9

5

4

 

Table 2.17: Indicates the summary of each sub-Counties Performance for last 5 years

S/COUNTY

YEAR

DIV I

DIV II

DIV III

DIV IV

FAILURES

ABSENTS

DIV I

%e

FAILURE

%

ENROLL

USE ELIG

BUTENGA

2009

33

268

235

149

187

52

3.6

20.3

924

 

2010

59

332

251

161

125

45

9.16

12.74

965

 

2011

9

194

166

162

153

30

1.3

21.4

714

372

2012

33

242

148

107

73

31

5.5

12

634

406

2013

25

235

169

101

108

44

3.9

16.9

682

395

2014

15

237

155

105

111

42

2.4

17.8

665

372

KITANDA

2009

2

131

118

91

155

37

0.4

29.5

526

 

2010

2

167

118

99

83

26

0.4

16.8

495

 

2011

4

237

134

158

74

29

0.6

11.6

636

414

2012

19

299

125

77

57

36

3.3

9.9

613

446

2013

7

247

190

106

72

26

1.1

11.6

648

408

2014

30

334

137

84

59

48

4.7

9.2

692

496

KIBINGE

2009

6

168

210

168

218

60

0.7

26.4

825

 

2010

9

218

206

106

111

34

1.01

16.7

684

 

2011

12

229

169

168

118

34

1.6

16.2

730

406

2012

28

309

152

94

76

34

4.2

12

693

467

2013

34

237

172

108

106

40

5.2

16.1

697

389

2014

33

328

162

87

86

48

4.7

12.4

744

486

BIGASA

2009

11

105

140

118

123

44

2.2

22.7

541

 

2010

26

255

135

75

78

33

2.63

17.01

602

 

2011

50

241

103

116

61

27

8.4

10.2

598

408

2012

73

285

88

71

56

40

12.7

9.8

613

452

2013

51

368

163

93

83

44

6.7

10.9

802

549

2014

38

319

171

89

89

39

5.4

12.6

745

501

Bukomansimbi T/C

2011

40

112

36

54

25

13

14.2

8.9

280

190

2012

75

157

40

31

6

11

24.3

1.9

320

275

2013

50

91

35

31

29

18

21.2

12.3

254

170

2014

43

115

45

26

23

9

17.1

9.1

261

195

Source: District Education Office Bukomansimbi 2015

 

Table 5.2.3 indicates tremendous improvement in all grades. This is evidenced by the increase in the number of first grades and reduction in the number of failures. For year 2014 Bukomansimbi Town Council was in the lead with 17.1% first grades, followed by Bigasa S/C, with 5.4%, Kitanda S/C and Kibinge with 4.7% first grades each. Butenga S/C then with 2.4% first grades.

 

Butenga S/C had the highest percentage of failures of 17.8%, followed by Bigasa S/C with 12.6%, Kibinge S/C with 12.4%, Kitanda S/C with 9.2% and Bukomanssimbi T/C with 9.1%.

In 2014 the number of candidates eligible for USE improved from 65% of 2013 to 70%

Table 2.18: Primary enrolment by 2013

Entity

Males

Females

Total

Government

20,450

22,428

42,878

Private

2,900

3,111

6,011

Overall

23,350

25,539

48,889

No. of schools

 

 

97

Statistical Education Abstract 2013

2014 census results revealed that 85% of the persons aged 6-12 years were attending primary school and 32.8% of the persons aged 13-18 years were attending secondary school. 87.7% of the persons aged 15 years plus weren’t in school and their highest level completed was below S.4.Persons aged 18 years plus weren’t in school and highest level completed was S.4 whereas 1.4% of persons aged 20 years plus weren’t in school and highest level completed was S.6. Literacy levels 14.9% persons aged 10-17 years are illiterate, 21.6% of the persons aged 18 years plus are illiterate and 12% of the persons aged 18-30 years are illiterate.

Implications: As children join secondary school the percentage of those in school tend to decrease probably others drop out of school, child labour, cannot afford secondary education and long distances from households. By laws to be set so that all children of school going age should join school, more secondary schools to be established and higher institutions to be established in the district to accommodate people after S.4 and S.6.

Table 2.19: Current development partners in the Education department

Partner

Intervention

Caritas MADDO

-Construction of classrooms

-Water for education

-Support co-curriculum activities

-Training women in counseling skills

UNICEF

Fighting violence in schools

MILDMAY

 -Reduction of new HIV cases in adolescent girls and young women.

-Supply of scholastic materials.

BOCADO

Support water and sanitation activities

Rakai Health Sciences Program

Safe male circumsion (SMC) in schools

2.1.7.2 Special Needs Education

At the moment there are only two units for special Needs Education attached to Misanvu Demostration Primary School and St. Leonard Butenga-Kibanda. They particularly cater for children with various disabilities. Other children with disabilities are enrolled in inclusive UPE schools. Currently the education sector is making efforts to identify them and plan accordingly. The district therefore emphasizes the role of education planning as a key factor for improved performance.

Table 2.20: Special Needs Education schools in Bukomansimbi.

School

Sub/County

Category

Enrolment

Teachers

 

 

 

 

Females

Males

Females

Males

 

Misanvu Demonstration School

Kibinge

Blind & mentally retarded

44

 

4

 

St. Leornard Butenga-Kibanda

Butenga

Physically impairement, intellectual impairement, visual impairement & hearing impairement.

37

48

 

 

Grand Total

 

 

129

 

Source: District Education Office Bukomansimbi 2015

Achievements of Special Needs

  • Awareness of special needs education, inclusive education and its related national policies to some stakeholders. 
  • 698 children with special needs were submitted to my office from only 21 governments aided schools and 7 private ones. 
  • Ramps have been established on the newly constructed buildings for easy accessibility to classrooms towards children with special needs.

Challenges of Special Needs

  • The majority of stakeholders have negative attitudes towards learners with special needs.
  • Lack of basic skills by teachers of handling, identifying and assessing such children.
  • Lack of funds for effectiveness service delivery.
  • Only two units were established for children with special needs at Misanvu P/S and Kibanda P/S in the whole district.
  • Few schools have separate pit latrines (gender sensitivity) hence unfriendly environment to a girl child with special needs.