Uganda Scholars

Uganda has a mix of schools, some boarding some not, some state funded, others not.

St Pauls, Kigezi, Creamland. Trinity College, Bubare are all boarding schools. Trinity and Creamland are both private which means they have NO help from the government and everything is run by the support of parents/guardians. The best schools are where the parents can pay as this determines the amount of fees required and whether equipment and food is provided. All school budgets are written in JANUARY. Poorer schools have less available money to pay teachers and head teachers don’t always get more than teachers.

Poor v wealthy schools

Teachers are supposed to teach the same syllabus despite a huge difference in resources. Grades are lower in poorer schools because teacher’s pay and equipment is very limited


1)    Food

2)    Equipment

3)    Fees

4)    Board

UNIVERSITY TERMS: There are two semesters with variable starts but generally January- April and August to December.


1) January –April 2) May- August 3) Sept – December

The Government pays for some secondary school, which goes towards teachers pay and chalk. Every student has to pay for his or her own lunch.  The fees are higher in private schools as there is no support from the government.  Therefore the fees are less at schools where governments subsidise.  Government support does not look the same in every school…it differs from school to school.

Students can leave school after they have completed their Senior 4 year. If they don’t pass their exams at this level their prospects are the following

1)    Join the army

2)    Do private business (e.g. driving instructor or freelance)

3)    The government will NOT employ you unless you have completed Senior 6