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Title: Decentralisation policy and education provision in Uganda : an investigation into the impact of prismatic society traits on quality management for Universal Primary Education (UPE)
Author: Oryema, Dan Emmanuel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2690 7823
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2008
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Fifteen years since the introduction of decentralisation in Uganda, concern is now being raised over the effectiveness of this policy in the provision of quality Universal Primary Education (UPE). In 1964 Riggs proposed the "Prismatic Society Theory" as an explanation for the many and frequent failures of supposedly good policies in developing countries. In circumspection of the evidence for Riggs' argument, this study investigates the impact of prismatic society traits on the implementation of Uganda's decentralisation policy in the management of quality in UPE. Set within the qualitative research tradition and embedded in "critical theory" as an epistemological context for the inquiry, a case study approach was used to carry out this investigation. The case boundary traced the line of decentralisation right from the central government head office of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) - in Uganda this is one ministry - down to two primary schools at the grassroots level, located in different settings: urban and rural. Using interviews, field diary/notes, observation and documentary evidence as research methods and developing relevant tools from them, data were collected with a close adherence to the British Educational Research Association (BERA) guidelines on ethical practice and analysed using the traditional approach to qualitative data analysis. The names of places, schools and people here are pseudonyms for identity protection. The study highlights a significant influence of prismatic society traits on the effectiveness of Uganda's decentralisation policy and consequently a high relevance of Riggs' theory for administration in Uganda even today. Family size and structure; blood link solidarity; superstition and witchcraft; perceptions of authority; specialisation problems; age and gender; documentation and records problems; and precision problems featured as the main influencing prismatic traits in the implementation of the policy. The study therefore recommends the accompanying of policy "adoption" with "adaptation" that takes into account the reality of the prismatic society traits on the ground and the complexity they still create for administration in Uganda today.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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