|Ndagire, B. (2019). Family Structure and Learners’ Education Achievement in Uganda. Unpublished masters research report. Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
|A research report submitted to the School of Economics, College of Business and Management Sciences, Makerere University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning
|This study aimed at establishing the effect of family structure on learners‟ Education
achievement at primary level in Uganda.
The study made use of Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS 2016/17) data set from
Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
Different levels of analysis were employed. The descriptive characteristics were generated. The
independent variables were tested for collinearity using pairwise correlation test with a cutoff of
0.5 adopted for selecting variables to be included in the model. The bivariate test of relationship
between the outcome variable and the predictors was done. The probit model and associated
marginal effects were run to test the association between learner‟s education achievement and
the selected predictors.
The results showed that household size and the level of parent‟s education were strongly
associated with learner‟s education achievements. The other factors associated with learner‟s
education achievements include the place of residence, household poverty status, region, sex of
the household head, and occupation of the learner‟s parents.
It therefore can be concluded that, family structure does have an effect on learner‟s education
achievements alongside other factors. The findings suggest that programs that address household
poverty are critical to improving learning outcomes. Policies that encourage small manageable
families are essential to improve education learning outcomes. Also deliberate affirmative
actions like free education need to be strengthened to improve achievements of the rural areas.
Key words: Family structure, Learner‟s, achievement, and Uganda
|Learners’ education achievement
|Family Structure and Learners’ Education Achievement in Uganda