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General Requirements for Establishing a Private School or Institution in Uganda

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Suppose you are considering establishing a private school or institution in Uganda. In that case, it is essential to note that the country’s liberalization policy allows any member of the public or organization to do so. However, they must meet specific requirements to ensure that the school/institution meets the minimum standards of the Ministry of Education and Sports. 

Here are the six general requirements that every school/institution must meet at establishment: 

  1. A Reputable Proprietor

The school/institution must have an identifiable proprietor who is a person/organization of good reputation, has no criminal record, and has the necessary funds to manage the type of institution they have proposed to establish.

  1. Recommendation Letters from LCI, LCIII, and Opinion/Religious Leader

To establish a school/institution, the intending proprietor must obtain recommendation letters from the Local Council I and III and an opinion/religious leader.

  1. Conformity to the District/Municipal Education Plan and the Revised Education Sector Strategic Plan

The planned school/institution must conform to the District/Municipal Education Plan and align with the revised Education Sector Strategic Plan.

  1. Written Proof of Ownership or Lease of Land

Written proof of ownership or lease of land on which the school/institution is to be situated, or a tenancy agreement valid for at least five years for a secondary school and eight years for a primary school (in case of hired buildings), is required. The land must have been designed and constructed for a school.

  1. Land for Expansion

There must be enough land for expansion, playgrounds, school gardens, and physical Education. Urban schools may have special consideration.

  1. A Development Plan

There must be a development plan, specifically for the license period, and proof that 10% of the development plan funds are available.


In Uganda, the current policy of liberalization has made it feasible for any individual or organization to establish a school or institution. However, the establishment must comply with the specific minimum requirements and standards the Ministry of Education and Sports sets. These standards may include criteria such as the availability of a certain number of qualified teachers, adequate facilities, and appropriate curriculum. Once the proprietor meets these requirements, they can set up their institution.

About the Author

Robert Mwesige is a Certified Trainer of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and a Certified Financial Literacy Trainer of the Bank of Uganda (BOU). He is also a Certified Digital Marketing Expert by Google, the HubSpot Academy, Accenture, and OpenClassrooms.

Robert received an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Quantic School of Business and Technology in Washington, DC, USA. He graduated with an MBA in Marketing at the 14th Convocation of Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, in August 2023. He also holds a First-Class Honors Degree in International Development Studies from KYU, Kampala.

Robert is the lead Online Marketing Expert at Geotech ICT Consulting Uganda. He is also a content designer (Web Editor) and Has Previously Participated in High-Level Consulting Assignments, Including Strategy Development, Executive Coaching, And Training. At Houston Executive Consulting, he writes knowledge and insight articles on human resources, financial literacy, and business management. Robert is the founder and CEO of Guiding Lads Uganda, a Tour and Travel Company in Uganda.

In his free time, Robert Enjoys Listening to Live Band Music, which includes A Mix of Ugandan Afrobeat Songs, Gospel Music, South African Oldies, Congolese Soukous, and Ballroom Rumba.

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