Project Headquarters in charge
SESEMAT National Expansion Plan
Technical Cooperation Projects
Education-Lower Secondary Education
Human Resources-Human Resources-Secondary Education
Strengthening of Science and Math Education in Secondary School
Cooperation Priority Area
Mbale, Pallisa, Busia, Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Wakiso, Arua, Nebbi, Masindi, Hoima, Byllisa, Jinja, Kamuli, Kaliro, Rakai, Sembabule, Kalangala, Moroto, Nakapiripiri, Abim Kotido, Kaabong, Ntungamo, Amuru, Gulu, Pader, Kitugum, Kampala, Mpigi, Mubende, Mityana, Kiboga, Mukono, and Kayunga(34 Districts)
|Term of Cooperation||：||2008/08|| ～||2012/08|
Ministry of Education and Sports
The government of Uganda (GOU) started free primary education in 1997 and free secondary education in 2007. In secondary education, the performance of science and mathematics are particularly low. The results of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) for the first half of 2002 indicated that 40~60% students failed in science and mathematics. It is reported based on the baseline survey carried out in 2003 that many of the problems with science and mathematics education stem from the low quality of teachers. That is, the teaching methods are teacher-centered and theory based and also teachers
lack enough knowledge about their teaching subjects. Likewise, there is no in-service teacher
training (INSET) system for the teaching staff. The report argues, therefore, that teachers are not given opportunities to learn and improve their teaching methods and knowledge continuously.
JICA supported the Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers (SESEMAT) Project piloted in three districts for 3 years from August 2005 and institutionalized INSET system and strengthened science and mathematics education. In response to this good performance of the project, the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOEST) started INSET in 37 districts in 2007 with the aim of disseminating the effect of the pilot project to other districts. Thus, SESEMAT has been firmly established as a national program through the pilot project and its subsequent expansion. GOU has asked Japan to implement a new project in 30 districts in order to expand further the SESEMAT program. The project aims to strengthen the training management capacity of SESEMAT program, to improve the training curriculum, and to manage the quality of the training.At the same time, this project provides technical cooperation to the central training instructors in order to meet the need to formulate further a training curriculum and program in the districts where SESEMAT training has been provided through the pilot project.
To improve secondary students' performance in Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics in the target areas.
To improve teaching ability of Science and Mathematics teachers at Secondary level in the target areas.
(1) A number of teachers trained through the INSET.
(2) School and parental support for teaching and learning Sciences and Mathematics enhanced.
(3) Institutionalised INSET system strengthened.
(1-1) To select target areas where 2,800 teachers of Science and Mathematics are deployed in total.
(1-2) To identify 120 District Trainers (three trainers per subject/centre).
(1-3) To conduct National Training for the District Trainers.
(1-4) To conduct District Training.
(1-5) To conduct monitoring and evaluation.
(1-6) To conduct trainings abroad for core trainers.
(1-7) To conduct trainings for PTC tutors and NTC lecturers of Science and Mathematics.
(1-8) To review the INSET curricula.
(1-9) To provide technical support to INSET in the pilot districts.
(1-10) To organise lesson demonstration competitions (Super Science and Mathematics Teachers' Contests).
(1-11) To conduct international technical exchange with various institutions.
(2-1) To provide school administrators with sensitisation and school management workshops.
(2-2) To organise sensitisation workshops for DEOs.
(2-3) To publish Student Vocation Guides.
(3-1) To establish District Training Centres in the target areas.
(3-2) To provide the centres with basic equipment, machinery, educational materials
necessary for the trainings.
(3-3) To incorporate the SESEMAT INSET with comprehensive quality assurance programme for secondary education sub-sector.
Input Summary byJapanese Side
- Dispatch of one Technical Advisor;
- Dispatch of short-term experts if necessary;
- Trainings abroad for SESEMAT core trainers and relating officials; and
- Equipment, machinery, educational materials necessary for programme activities.
Dispatch of Study Team(s)
[Technical Cooperation Project]
Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers (SESEMAT) Phase I (2005.8-2008.8)
[Japan Overseas Cooperaton Volunteers]
Science and Mathematics Education (total 35 volunteers, 2002-2008)
(2)Collaboration with Other Donors
The World Bank is supporting post-primary education.