Civil society, MPs highlight need for quality education

KAMPALA- As the world marked the International Day of the African Child yesterday, legislators and civil society organisations raised concerns on government’s commitment to improve quality education to the children.

Commemorated on June 16 each year, the Day of the African Child 2014 theme was “A Child Friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa”. It seeks to ensure the achievement of Article 11 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).

Ms Angellina Osegge (Soroti District), a member of the Education and Sports Committee of Parliament, faulted government for focusing on quantity rather than quality education making even the few who complete education hardly unemployable.

“The biggest issue is quality versus quantity. It is not just having four corners of a wall and you call that a class,” Ms Osegge said.

However, Mr David Lukwago the head of Skilling Uganda programme, recently told the Daily Monitor that the programme will solve unemployment rates through skills inculcation right from lower classes.

Ms Christine Acayo, the Nebbi District Woman MP, in a telephone interview, commended government on the enrollment rates and making education accessible to all but she was quick to point out that education is being politicised.

“Government has done a lot in making education accessible. It has put in a lot of resources but quality is still lacking,” Ms Acayo said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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