Primary School Attendance and Completion Among Lower Secondary School Age Children in Uganda
At the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000, governments pledged to achieve education for all by 2015. However, if current enrollment trends continue, the number of out-of-school children could increase from current levels. Greater focus is needed on lower secondary school age (13 – 16 years) children. These children are not included estimates of the number of out-of-school children. It will be difficult to reduce the number of out-of-school children if we continue to overlook children of lower secondary school age. Therefore, using 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey data this study examined school attendance and Grade 5 completion of lower secondary school age children in Uganda. The study found that poverty, low education among heads of households, and disability continue to limit continued access to and progress through school.