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Social accountability in schools report

Social Accountability in Schools

Overview

Promoting social accountability in schools through the School Facility Community Score Card

This report is based on a study commissioned by Plan International Uganda to document good practices, impact and lessons learned from the Community Score Card process to support programme design.

Since 2012, Plan International has been implementing a Participatory School Governance programme in the districts of Luwero and Tororo districts whose major focus was on the improvement of the way the schools were being governed. It is within this framework and context that the community school scorecards project was introduced, as a way of promoting and strengthening parents’ engagement in school governance processes and generally to strengthen social accountability structures and mechanisms in schools.

The project was conceptualised against a background of poor educational outcomes for children in Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme resulting from low community participation in the education processes and little recognition of parents’ and teachers’ shared responsibility in protecting instructional time and ensuring that students and teachers attend class and prioritise learning.