Alaso warns that failure to review the education system will lead to a further decline.
The opposition party Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) is calling for an urgent review of the country's education system to address declining standards.
In 1997 and 2007 the government introduced free universal primary and secondary education respectively to encourage more children into class.
According to the government, the programs have raised enrolment rates from 5.3 million pupils to 8.5 million.
However, Alice Alaso, the acting ANT National Coordinator, said the government has put 'enormous pressure on the existing school systems and facilities, including classrooms, teachers, textbooks and scholastic materials, hence affecting the quality of education.
She explains that though the programs have benefited many young people in Uganda, especially those from poorer backgrounds, this achievement has been grossly watered down by the often inadequate, inefficient and ineffective response to inherent challenges.
Alaso who is the former Woman Member of Parliament for Serere district and renowned critic of the ruling government, warns that failure to review the education system will lead to a further decline.