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Impacts of Universal Secondary Education Policy on Secondary School Enrollments in Uganda

Journal of Accounting, Finance and Economics 01/2011; 1(1):16-30.

ABSTRACT While Sub-Saharan countries have improved primary school education significantly, secondary education is still far behind the rest of the world. Ugandan government introduced universal secondary education (USE) policy to improve secondary education in 2007.In this study we evaluate the impacts of USE policy on secondary school enrollments using household panel data. We find that USE policy has considerably increased public secondary school enrollments especially for girls from poor households. Still, Uganda may need further improvement in terms of quality of secondary school education.

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