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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration

First Advisor

Neil Sappington


In this dissertation, using a multiple case study, I investigated the stakeholders’ perceptions on prospects and challenges of the Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy in Southwestern Uganda. Using purposeful sampling, three schools were used in the study. The following were participants selected from Southwestern Uganda that participated in the research study: two political leaders, two district leaders, two diocesan education leaders, three headteachers, three directors of studies and three parents (one from each of the three schools). The other participants were three former student beneficiaries of USE making 18 as a total number of participants. The study answered the following research questions:

1. (a) What are the stakeholders’ overall perceptions of the Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy in Uganda?

(b) In the perceptions of the stakeholders, how has the quality of education changed since the inception of USE?

(c) In the perceptions of the stakeholders, what are the major successes and challenges of USE implementation?

The USE started in 2007 and was meant to attain specific objectives namely: enhancing the sustainability of Universal Primary Education (UPE); increasing equitable access to Post Primary Educational Training (PPET); reducing the high cost of PPET; improving the quality of PPET and enhancing Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the provision of secondary education. Before USE there was high disparity between male and female student enrollment. The system favored boys more than it did for the girls. While USE brought dramatic increase in the enrollment of students, at the same time there was decline in the quality of education. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the USE objectives were being attained or not and the challenges involved in the process. The results helped to determine recommendations for the improvement of the policy.

KEYWORDS: Challenges, Successes, Uganda, Universal Secondary Education


Imported from ProQuest TURYATORANWA_ilstu_0092E_11088.pdf


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