National Minimum Standards for Independent Private
Schools in Uganda:
Inspecting Independent Private Schools in Uganda.
The Uganda National
Association of Private Schools and Institutions (UNAPSI) is, along
with specialists in the private education sector, developing a number of policies and minimum standards with clear and measurable guidelines to
assist the independent schools sector in self-regulation and standardization.
The clear amount of independent
private schools and institutions in Uganda is not known and Uganda National
Association of Private Schools and Institutions (UNAPSI) plans to inspect the
educational provision of this sub-sector on behalf of the Ministry of
Education (MOES), which is the registering authority for all independent private
schools. The proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) : Independent Private Schools
between UNAPSI and the Ministry of Education sets out how we will cooperate
with the Ministry of Education (MOES) in order to exercise our respective
functions in the delivery of inspections of independent private schools. This
will be done under the self-regulation arrangement.
The purpose of the inspection is to
ensure that independent private schools comply with the MOES Independent Private Schools Standards - National Minimum Standards which
specify the provision a school should make.
In inspecting independent private
schools, UNAPSI will use the powers granted by MOES and the constitution. We shall
carry out standard inspections of educational provision in independent private
schools on a periodical cycle depending on how well the school performed at its
All standard inspections will result
in a report which will be availed to the Ministry of Education and relevant
Schools will be visited to follow up
on progress in implementing a compliance and standardization action plan. This
will usually only happen if an education or welfare inspection showed that a
school was not meeting some independent school standards or the requirements of
the National Minimum Standards.
The Ministry of Education may also
request us to undertake further inspections of a school where the school is
proposing a change of proprietor, address, age range, number or gender of
boarders, or if pupils with special educational needs join the school. We may
also be asked to undertake an emergency inspection where they have concerns
about a school or would like us to investigate a specific matter.
New schools will be inspected prior
to opening to check that they meet the requirements for registration. Schools
receive an inspection which takes place around the first anniversary of their
registration to ensure continuing compliance.
In a climate of limited resources,
strategic engagement with the private sector associations provides education
programs with both an opportunity and an obligation.
There is an opportunity to widen access, lengthen sustainability,
improve quality and reduce costs of monitoring standards and compliances,
through a variety of approaches. However, the private sector cannot be
considered a panacea. There is also an obligation to actively
engage with the private sector at sub-national and national level to plan and
design programs and strategies which ensure quality in the independent private
schools sector in Uganda.
Creating awareness and educating the
public on the minimum standards that should be expected from the private education sector is a key element to the UNAPSI's programs.
National Association of Private Schools and Institutions (UNAPSI)
P.O. Box 29324 Kampala,
632211 , 0704762575