Citizen’s Perception of Public Education
The provision of essential public services in the country has always formed the basis of interaction between citizens and the local government authorities at the district level. The availability, quality, efficiency and equity of urban services are of great concern to citizens as this affects quality of life of
Availability of Schools
• 81 percent of households said they had both public and private primary schools in their communities, whiles 9 percent said they had only public schools and 10 percent said they had only private schools in their communities.
Access to Public Basic Schools
• 64 percent of respondents said the public primary school is near their home, whiles 34 percent and 8 per cent said the public primary school is far and very far from their homes, respectively. However 42 percent considered all
the various levels of public school (primary secondary vocational, technical and tertiary) far from their homes.
Additional Costs Paid by Parents
• Majority of citizens whose children are in public schools are still levied additional fees
• 52 percent were levied with other fees other than school fees.
• Only 10 percent of respondents said they do not make additional payments to public schools their children attend in the mid-term compared to 8 percent in the baseline
• PTA dues and the printing of exam papers were the most common types of payments both in the baseline (33 percent and 38 percent) and in the mid-term (21 percent and 24 percent) respectively.
Reasons for children (6-15 years) not attending school
• 48 percent could not give any reason why their children were not in school; 6 percent of households cited distance from the public primary schools as the main reason why their children were not in school and 44 percent of
respondents cited financial challenges (including fees, textbooks and school uniforms) as the reason why their children were not in school.
Efficiency and Quality of Public Basic Schools
• Majority (59 percent) of households said that public basic schools were efficient, with most basic educational inputs such as teachers, teaching and reading materials and desk with chair always and sometimes available.
• 16 percent however were of the opinion that basic inputs are never available whiles 24 percent of respondents said their children’s schools did not have a library. 27 percent of schools lacked ICT or science laboratory.
Physical Condition of Public Schools
• 45 percent of respondents rated the physical conditions of public schools as good, 32 percent as fair while 14 percent rated the physical condition of public schools as poor. However, compared to the 2013 baseline 51 percent of respondents rated the physical condition of public schools as good and 8 percent rated it as poor.
Quality of Teachers
• 43 percent of citizens rated the quality of teachers in public schools as good while 30 percent said it was poor. 8 percent however said the quality of teachers is poor and 19 percent said they could not give an opinion.
Source: The Urban Agenda Newsletter. April 2016.