THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN UGANDA
In Uganda, there are some public schools, but they are few and far between and not equipped to deal with the special needs of orphans and impoverished children who do better in a boarding school environment. In most cases, without a sponsor, an orphaned or poor child does not go to school.
Many children must wait for a sponsor to supply funds for school and may be a few years older than their classmates when they begin.
If money is available, children begin nursery school as soon as possible in order to give them the best start at education.
Levels P1-P7 corresponds roughly to both our primary and middle school in the US.
This system follows the British/European model. All students in Uganda take annual, national exams. Entrance into secondary school depends on these exams. Secondary schools vary in quality, as they do in the US. The better the school, the higher the exam scores must be for entry.
Secondary School is divided into two parts:
- Secondary S1-S4, roughly equivalent to our High School
- Secondary S5-S6 or “A” Levels, which corresponds to the first two years of a US college bachelor’s program..
Vocational training provides students with an opportunity for employment in a country with a very high unemployment rate, even among university graduates.
The Vocational Schools that BCP has chosen provide excellent training in from 1 to 3 years. Students qualify for most of these institutions after S4.
The students will be able to obtain a Certificate which allows them to work in their field. They may choose to further their education to Diploma status after working for a few years. This can be done in a work/study program independent of sponsor support.
If finances are available, students who complete “A” Levels continue on to University. They may compete for a Government Scholarship at the end of S6.
University programs focus exclusively on the student’s major and range from 2-5 years. They are the privilege of a limited number of students; only exceptional BCP students attend university, and only if finances permit.