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..
Only those students who perform very well on national exams are able to move to S5 or “A” Levels and work toward University scholarships.
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.