Disappointing Primary School Attendance in Eastern Uganda: Is Cultural Dynamics to Blame? Revelations from Naweyo Sub-County, Butaleja District

  • Perusia Kayendeke School of Education, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University
  • Nicholas Itaagaa School of Education, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University
  • Gyaviirac M. Genza School of Education, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University
Keywords: School attendance, absenteeism, cultural practices, educational administration and management.


Following reports of alarming poor school attendance in several districts of Eastern Uganda, this study set out to scrutinize the dynamics of selected cultural practices in explaining the problem. The study was carried out in Naweyo Sub-County using a cross-sectional survey design that triangulated qualitative with quantitative methods. It was discovered that although cultural dynamics contribute to poor school attendance, their explanatory strength had been exaggerated by earlier research. The study therefore concluded that cultural dynamics are only partially to blame for disappointing school attendance in Eastern Uganda. Closer collaboration strategies between education officials, cultural leaders and parents were proposed for better school attendance management


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How to Cite
Kayendeke, P., Itaagaa, N., & Genza, G. (2019, September 17). Disappointing Primary School Attendance in Eastern Uganda: Is Cultural Dynamics to Blame? Revelations from Naweyo Sub-County, Butaleja District. African Journal of Education,Science and Technology, 5(2), Pg 246-259. Retrieved from http://ajest.info/index.php/ajest/article/view/372