The ministry of education has registered progress in the World Bank sponsored project that was intended to improve children’s learning achievements and increase the number of school going children.
The Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP) has improved teachers’ competence, learning environment among others.
The sector had challenges with inadequate teaching in lower primary where some teachers were not helping children to learn, text books were very few, teaching and learning environment was not conducive enough for learning among other challenges.
The project started with addressing the most pressing issues and the over 2,727 selected primary schools in the 29 districts of Nwaya, Maracha, Oyam, Kaliro and Iganga among others.
While addressing the media, the state minister for Education ( Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo noted that teachers in lower primary now have the ability to deliver with confidence and competence.
Reports show that 27% of the learners in UTSEP beneficiary schools can now read.
Under the project more Classrooms, Latrines and textbooks and the pupil to book ratio improved.
The project also provided hearing aids equipment to 1,554 pupils from 296 schools across 79 districts.