Education and Sports

Education in Pakwach District is coordinated by the District Local Government particularly for Primary education. Secondary and Tertiary education is handled by the Central Government. Under the District Local Government, the District Education Committee is charged with the responsibility of providing education, coordination of services and policy initiation in Pakwach. The District Education Office is the overall implementer of education policies in the district at all levels and the inspectorate section is responsible for standard setting, maintaining, monitoring and advisory roles.

Vision:-a healthy,well educated and transformed people of pakwach district from traditional to a modern fishing and farming with a high quality of life.

Mission: is to serve the community of Pakwach through coordinated delivery of service provision of quality,accessible,equitable and relevant education focusing on both national and local priorities to promote sustainable development of the district.

Goal:is to improve on the quality of life of the people of Pakwach district by providing quality education for all.

Educational Institutions

Pre-primary School Education

Pre-primary School Education offers early childhood care and education for children between 3-5 years. In Pakwach district, there are currently 49 operational Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres which are exclusively owned and managed by the community and private sector. The enrolment in pre-primary schools increased by 63% from 2124 pupils in 2017 to 3467 pupils in 2018. However, considering the number of children aged 3-5 years in Pakwach, projected at 33,401 in 2017, many children still remain excluded from the pre-primary school enrolment number. Most of the pre-primary schools are located in urban and peri-urban areas of Pakwach.

 

Primary School Ownership in Pakwach District

 

There are 110 primary schools in the district. 63 of these are owned by the government and 47 are privately ownned or owned by the community.

The distribution of primary schools in Pakwach 

 

Sub County

Government owned

Community/Privately owned

Panyimur

11

16

Pakwach

9

6

Pakwach Town Council

11

9

Alwi

11

2

Panyango

11

9

Wadelai

10

5

Total

63

47

 

Secondary Schools in Pakwach District

 

There are about 11 secondary schools in the district. Only 5 of the 11 are government owned and are distributed among all sub counties except Alwi and Wadelai. Pakwach town council has the highest number of privately owned secondary schools standing at 4 schools. Wadelai and Alwi only have one secondary school each.

 

Secondary school distribution in Pakwach District

 

District

Secondary school

Government

Private/Communty

Total

Pakwach

5

6

11

 

 

 

Higher institutions of learning

 

The district boasts of only one institution of higher learning called Uganda College of Commerce Pakwach situated in the heart of the district.

 

Enrolment levels

 

Enrolment levels in Primary school

 

In the year 2018, the enrolment of students in primary school was at 48603 pupils as shown in Table 5.4. From the table, more boys than girls enrol for primary education in Pakwach District. The percentage of boys’ enrolment is at 51.8% while that of girls is at 48.

Enrolment in Primary schools in Pakwach district in 2018

 

LowerLocal Gov’t

Alwi

Wadelai

Panyimur

Panyango

Pakwach Town Council

Pakwach S/C

Total

P.1

 

M

818

1373

1709

1626

853

971

7350

   

F

830

1248

1606

1474

934

1087

7179

P.2

 

M

526

845

974

922

826

532

4625

   

F

500

747

957

892

567

526

4189

P.3

 

M

542

742

905

870

677

555

4291

   

F

513

693

775

889

767

590

4227

P.4

 

M

398

661

680

785

911

441

3876

   

F

405

562

589

741

649

434

3380

P.5

 

M

301

491

492

583

452

302

2621

   

F

277

443

398

493

494

238

2343

P.6

 

M

252

321

307

431

409

242

1962

   

F

124

219

191

330

258

170

1292

P.7

 

M

113

193

143

255

188

137

1029

   

F

41

72

105

222

147

78

665

TOTAL

 

M

2950

4639

5329

5294

3748

3210

25170

   

F

2942

3973

4670

4971

3762

3115

23433

 

 

Secondary school enrolment

 

Enrolment in secondary schools in 2017

 

CLASS

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

S.1

1,732

943

1,522

S.2            

1,522

761

2,283

S.3

1,483

627

1,975

S.4

1,154

486

1,648

S.5

203

52

255

S.6

238

61

299

TOTAL

5,859

2,948

8,807

 

 

 

    Staffing levels

 

Staffing levels in the primary schools in the district is presented in Table 5.6. The Table shows the number of teachers in each sub-county. It can be observed from the Table that, female teachers (120) representing 21.7% are far less than their male counterpart (432) that is 78.3% of the population of primary teachers.

 

 Number of Primary School teachers in each sub county.

 

Sub County

Number of teachers

 

Male

Female

Total

Alwi

63

13

76

Pakwach

44

27

71

Pakwach TC

42

25

67

Panyango

124

21

145

Panyimur

90

18

108

Wadelai

69

16

85

Total

432

120

552

 

 

 

    Efficiency ratios

 

All of the ratios do not meet the National level standard and require more attention. In most schools P1 and P2 pupils are the most affected. For instance, P.1 and P.2 learners in most schools sit on mats or bear classroom floors during study time.

 

        Efficiency Ratios

 

Indicator

Ratio

Lower primary

Upper primary

Teacher pupil ratio

1:129

1:58

Classroom pupil ratio

1:129

1:82

Desk pupils ratio

1:8

1:4

Latrine stance pupil ratio

1:135

 

Source: District Education Office, Pakwach- Mr.Ongeyowun Nasser Hassan