The school system
of the Diocese Masaka
ADEPT e.V. cooperates with the department of education of the Diocese Masaka in Uganda.
Due to the development of education the Catholic church represents one of the central education institutions in Uganda. The first schools were founded by missionaries and up to the declaration of independence in 1962 there were just religious schools. It was only after having gained independence that the Ugandan State started to set up an own department of education. In 1997 the government initiated the program „Universal Primary Education“ (UPE) that allows primary school children free access to school education. Following the success of this program the government started to support some secondary schools with public funding known as „Universal Secondary Education“ (USE). Still today many schools are run by the Catholic Church showing that there is close cooperation between state and church regarding education. The department of education guarantees the implementation of governmental policies, recommends schools for state subsidies and proposes appropriate candidates for filling the posts of the headmaster, the teachers or the administrative staff to the Ministry of Education and Sports.
The Diocese of Masaka is located in southern Uganda and includes nine political districts. Within this region the department of education of the Diocese supervises around 750 schools including preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools and one department at university. Not only Catholic but also students of other faiths are taught there.
Masaka Diocese Education Commission is part of the entire administrative organization of the Diocese of Masaka. It consists of the education committee, which is headed by the director and supported by an assistant. Three school inspectors are responsible for the supervision, advice and quality management of the schools. Further members are two religious officers, an engineer who supervises construction projects and is responsible for the final inspection of new buildings, secretariat, accounting etc.
The department of education sees it as one of its ask to develop education partnerships with different organizations, as for example with public authorities, investors and other stakeholders.