A child education continues to evolve, the need to rethink the ways it is carried out are also becoming more complicated, and even more demanding. With the introduction of universal primary education in Uganda, a lot has been said about how the quality of primary education is declining. The argument is frequently made that all the pupils do in class is cram and regurgitate information in order to pass examinations. But even then, not much is suggested as an effective solution. In a splendid attempt, Deborah Kasente does not only unveil the manifestations of this problem but she also makes precise suggestions on how the country can dig itself out of the educational predicament in which it finds itself.
Enhancing the Quality of Primary School Education in Uganda assesses the competence of communication through English literacy; studies child school attendance and dropout patterns, performance in subjects of the curriculum and in the final exams, and dissects the interventional strategies. It then provides a broad-range of alternatives, especially in the realm of teaching for quality enhancement in the times ahead.
Deborah Kasente (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Makerere university in the Department of women and Gender Studies. She has been engaged in research and research leadership for up-coming researchers at Makerere for over ten years and has innovated and managed training programs for gender short courses and research methods. Apart from researching and publishing widely on education at different levels, she has also published peer-reviewed articles on gender and agrarian change, gender, poverty and employment, gender and social development, decent work, gendered efforts of microfinance and gender and social security. She is an experienced gender trainer at international and national levels and a member of the editorial Advisory group for gender and development by Oxfam GB and feminist review by Palgrave Macmillan. Her other publications are: Growing Up by Accident: Challenges in Handling Adolescents in Ugandan schools by fountain publishers and illuminating students ‘voices in higher education by earnest publishers.