The ministry of Education and Sports has said there are clear signs that the Uganda Teacher and Schools Effectiveness Project has been a success.
The project that ends early next year was intended to address low learning outcomes, low school completion rate, and ineffective teaching and learning environment among other challenges.
In the last five years 12,100 teachers have been trained in Early Grade Reading, 4,000 Early Childhood Education caregivers have also been trained under community child care program and over six million textbooks have been supplied.
During the stakeholders’ meeting yesterday, the ministry noted that before the project started in 2015, education was faced with worrying trends that learners were either out of school or enrolled but not learning.
‘‘Some of our teachers were facing hardships in supporting the young learners to read well at the early age, schools had very few text books and inspections were irregular,” said one of the officials.
The ministry said there is a great improvement among teachers in terms of quality and performance, after the capacity and competence building trainings.
Inspection in schools is one of the key areas where the ministry put focus with an introduction of an ICT based electronic inspection system.
This has helped the Directorate of Education Standards to keep track of teachers and ensure authorities address the challenges that affect schools in a timely manner.