The social and economic costs of school dropouts in Uganda


BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA The government has committed resources to increase the number of Ugandans with the education, skills, and training needed to drive the economy to middle income level. The introduction of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) are some of the steps to achieve this goal. That notwithstanding, there is an alarming number of students who fail to join both O-level education from primary schools. The recently released Advanced level results reveal that many students do not reach this level after sitting the O-level examinations.…

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Are Ugandans are lazy?

By Richard Sebaggala A few years ago, Ugandan dailies and TV stations reported about a World Bank survey report that cited Ugandans as the laziest people in East Africa. Indeed, often we hear many observers say that Ugandan workers are “lazy” compared to workers from our neighbors, particularly Kenya. Some commentators, leaping from presumption to prescription, have urged that the high levels of unemployment and poverty that the country is witnessing are as a result of people being lazy. One commentator in the Daily Monitor of 23 October 2014 said that,…

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Resilience in the face of economic hardships

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BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA Statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) show that Uganda’s economy is losing ground. The year 2016 ended on a gloomy note for most people as a result of numerous economic hardships like the depreciation of the shilling, the rising cost of living, inadequate rainfall, among other socio-economic challenges. There is a general feeling among many that money is scarce and most people are worried about the future. As a result there is a recurrent discussion of how the year 2017 will be and how best many…

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Inconsistency affects success

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA All of us at one point in time have acted against our better judgment and engaged in behaviour that we regretted later yet we could have avoided it with adequate forethought. The question is: How can we train ourselves to avoid such behaviour in future? Economists have for a long time been interested in understanding why people act the way they do. Oneofthegreatestinsights of early economists’ thinking was that individuals are intelligent, logical, selfish and always weigh costs against benefits, exhibiting time- consistent preferences. However, examples abound…

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An economist’s take on graduate unemployment in Uganda

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA And ISAAC MUSINGUZI The liberalization of higher education in Uganda was the beginning of change in the sector. Many higher education institutions have been opened, contributing to the increase in the number of graduates in the job market. Despite the impressive numbers of graduands, the issue of employment has attracted considerable interest in the recent past. For instance, it is estimated that Uganda’s general youth unemployment rate stands at 32.2 percent, while that for degree holders is 36 percent, and rising. Statistics from the Labour Department in…

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