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Title:Educational Planning for National Development: Some Reflections on the Ugandan Experience
Author:Padmanabhan, C.B.
Periodical:Africa Quarterly
Geographic term:Uganda
educational policy
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Abstract:In the period 1979-1983 the UNESCO-assisted National Educational Review Commission (NERC) conducted a study for educational development in Uganda. The Commission visited all the regions of the country and was thus able to produce a comprehensive report. One of the features of the Ugandan education system noted by the Commission as requiring appropriate remedies was the small size of secondary and technical enrolment as compared to primary enrolment. For education to grow to a minimum level, economic growth is essential. Thus, there has to be a proper linkage between educational planning and planning for socioeconomic development. This means there has to be greater concern in Uganda with the financing and costing of educational schemes as well as the system as a whole. The process of allocation of finance can be improved considerably by ensuring adequate provision for education and training in all sectors and at all levels of education. The quality of education itself will have to be improved by ensuring that at all levels, from primary to university, there is a sufficiently high level of unit cost, both for teachers' salaries and non-teacher expenses. Bibliogr.