"And I will restore to you says the Lord" - Joel 2:25

Uganda School System


Uganda has the youngest population in the world. 

Out of 34 million Ugandans, about 18 million are 14 years old or younger.  It is estimated that 4 million of these children are not in school.  This is largely due to the national poverty where 23 million Ugandans live on less than $2 USD per day.

In Nakulabye there is one public school servicing 300,000 people.  Private school fees are too expensive for the vast majority of families, leaving many without hope of a life beyond surviving.

Since public education is not available to every child in Uganda, most families and children must make great sacrifices in order to achieve an education.

A close friend of mine put himself through school by participating in Competition. His school offered a free scholarship to the top student every year and he made sure he was that student every year.

On my first trip to Uganda, I met another young man in his late twenties. He was attending Secondary School which is equivalent to High School in the United States.

In order to attend high school, he had to work for two years to save up tuition fees so he could attend another year of school.

Then he repeated the process, working two years so that he pay for another year of school. Through a sponsor in the United States, he finally achieved a University Degree.


The official Language of Uganda is English, which is taught in all schools. However, the native language in Kampala is Luganda.

Therefore, children begin nursery school at the age of three in order to prepare themselves to read, write, and speak English.

There are three levels of pre-primary school:

  • Baby class
  • Middle class
  • Top class
  • Children must show achievement of set standards in order to move to the next grade.



    Upon completion of Top class, children begin Primary 1. This would be equivalent to Kindergarten in the Unites States.

    There are seven levels of Primary School. The National PLE test is administered upon completion of Primary 7. Primary 7 is equivalent to the 6th grade in the United States.

    Children that fail the PLE cannot continue into Secondary School.

    The Restoration Primary School offers all ten grades listed above.



    Secondary school is split into two sections. Ordinary Level (Secondary 1-4) and Advanced Level (Secondary 5-6).

    At the end of Secondary 4, another national test is administered.

    Upon completion of Ordinary level, students generally have three options:

  • Option 1
  • Students who score highly and have the funding, will continue into Advanced Level (Secondary 5-6). The goal will be to attend a University to get a degree. However, there is really no point in achieving a Secondary Education if you cannot attend University. A Secondary Education really cannot help get you a good job in Uganda.

  • Option 2
  • Students who do not have the highest scores on their Secondary 4 exam will likely not continue their education. They will leave Secondary School in hopes of attending a trade or technical school, usually for 2-3 years. Some examples might be to become a midwife, a dental assistant, a mechanic, a videographer, or even a hairdresser. The challenge is that these schools are often as expensive as a University Degree.

  • Option 3
  • A majority of students who complete Ordinary Level (Secondary 4) will not be able to afford to attend a trade school or University. They will leave school and seek to survive through attempting to find work.



    There are many colleges and Universities in Kampala, but the most famous is Makerere University.

    Tuition at this school is currently around $1200 per year. Yes, you read that correctly. For about $25 per week, you can achieve a university degree in Uganda.

    However, for most Ugandans, this is not possible. Thanks to Restoration Uganda, we have seen many students achieve a University Degree.

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