Decentralization and Education Service Delivery in Government Aided Primary Schools in Mbale District: a Case Study: Nyondo Sub-County
Author: SAM WANGISI
Supervisor: Joseph Buchan Kisoga
This study assessed decentralized governance on primary education service delivery in Government Aided Primary Schools using Nyondo Sub-county as a case study. The focus of the study was that in-spite of massive resources allocated to the education sector, output indicators remain appalling. The research employed a cross sectional study design utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. The study findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between political decentralization and primary education service delivery; fiscal decentralization has a weak explanatory power to account for variability in primary education service delivery in Nyondo sub-county and a further weaker relationship between administrative decentralization and primary education service delivery. Resulting from the study findings, it was realized that decentralization has a limited influence on education service delivery in government aided primary schools in Nyondo Sub-county given that there is still over dependency on the district and central government transfers to finance service delivery. It is therefore, highly recommended that local governments need to take advantage of positive elements of decentralization through policy shifts and innovative means of resource management so as to place themselves aptly in the arena of current millennium agenda.