Decentralisation and the quality of education in rural government aided primary schools in Uganda: A case study of Kayunga district.
This study is to investigate Decentralization and the Quality of Education in Government aided Primary Schools in Uganda-a Case study of Kayunga District. The general objective is To Evaluate the effectiveness of stake holders in the management of primary school education in Kayunga District and making recommendations for improvement. The objectives of the study were: To assess the effectiveness of local authorities in the management of Primary School Education in Kayunga District, To establish the level of citizens’ participation in the Primary School Education in Kayunga District, To assess the involvement of the Central Government in the Management of Primary School Education in Kayunga District; To establish Ethical issues that affect the Quality of Primary School Education in Kayunga district and suggest possible remedies to the problems. This research is to contribute to the existing knowledge about Decentralization in view of primary school education so vital for policy makers, Policy analysts and scholars. The researcher employed a case study research design. The study used questionnaires, interviews and observation in data collection. The respondents of the study consisted district officials, local councilors teachers, head teachers and parents. A purposive sampling technique to select the respondents was also used. A total of 100 respondents were selected for this study. The findings indicate a significant level of citizen participation in primary school education management, but lack basic knowledge of accountability due low levels of education. Local Authorities were found out to be effective in management of primary schools but there were loopholes in the supervision by the district officers, transparency in the management of funds is also lacking. The central government is also active in primary school management but was said to be slow in sending grants and instructional materials. This slows progress in educative.it was also revealed that authorities are instrumental in promoting professionalism in schools, but still workers are rarely guided on ethical conduct. The study recommends that central government should fully empower local authorities to raise and use funds, there is need to train citizens in basic financial management and accountability in order to be effective in supervising schools.