Uganda:MAK set to ascertain reason of secondary school dropout

The population survey consisted of early graduates over the past decade, current students, parents and legal guardians, council leaders (LC1), teachers, school leaders, and district staff in some regions.

Despite these efforts, dropout rates in secondary education have increased.

However, despite these efforts, secondary school dropout rates have been increasing. According to UNESCO, dropout rates for lower secondary in Uganda doubled from 18.2% in 2013 to 37.2% in 2016, compared with Rwanda which dropped from 34.4% to 16.4% over the same period.

According to the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), pupils who passed the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) between 2002/2011 and joined secondary schools were 3.6 million.

Mayanja, with the involvement of various stakeholders and different communities, hopes to specify policy interventions that are community-specific to the problem.

Mayanja’s team includes John Bosco Nnyanzi, Dr. Margaret Banga, Peter Babyenda, Nelson Kakande, and Rose Kibuuka. Mayanja said the goal of the study is to investigate the determinants and suggest solutions to secondary school dropouts with a view of proposing locally/district-based achievable policies that synergies national interventions.

It will scrutinize the socio, economic and institutional determinants of secondary school dropouts in Uganda.

It will examine whether the factors that lead to secondary school dropout differ among gender and residence status of students.