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Inclusion as political mobilisation: The political economy of quality education initiatives in Uganda

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Uganda has been successful in broadening access to education. However, this
achievement has been undermined by low literacy and numeracy levels and high
drop-out rates. A political settlement perspective sheds light on the politics of
education reforms. We find that there are weak political drives to implement qualityenhancing
policies, first, because the formal and informal governance arrangements
allow for a system of decentralised rent management that serves to appease lower
level factions. Secondly, the NRM government is caught in the rhetoric of allowing
free education in an appeal to rural constituencies. Finally, there is relatively weak
pressure to push through education quality-enhancing reforms, be it from civil society
in general, powerful interest groups, or parliament. At the local level, we find that how
a school is situated within local elite networks is important in explaining local-level
variance in the quality of government primary school performance.
Antal sider50
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-908749-66-6
StatusUdgivet - 2016
SerietitelESID Working Paper Series
NummerNo. 65

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