|dc.description.abstract||Despite the successful implementation of the Universal Secondary Education policy in Uganda
in 2007, overall secondary school enrolments have remained low, especially for girls. Among
other reasons, high cost of schooling is cited as the major constraint limiting access to
secondary education. Uganda’s National Development Plan proposes to attain gender equity
in secondary school enrolments through the provision of bursaries/stipends to poor girls to
enable them attend school. In this study, we examine the potential impacts of this policy
proposal (policy I) and compare it with the alternative of providing free transport on top
of the stipends (policy II). The findings indicate that both policy proposals would generate
net benefits to society but more benefits would accrue to provision of tuition stipends only.
Compared to policy II, policy I is more cost effective and therefore the preferred policy option.
Key words: Girls’ secondary school enrolment, policy options||en_US