Education

Central Uganda continues to dominate UCE results

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By Ismail Musa Ladu

Posted  Wednesday, February 26  2014 at  02:00
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Kampala

Schools in eastern, northern and western Uganda have continued to register the highest failure rates compared to its counterparts in central Uganda according to the UCE results released yesterday by Uneb.

Nearly 30 per cent, equaling to slightly over 200 students in Namayingo District were ungraded. In Bududa, nearly 195 were graded in the same divisions, representing 23 per cent of students who failed and therefore ineligible for further studies.

The same case was with Bukedea, Manafwa, Abim, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Mayuge, Kyenjojo, Mayuge, Kapchorwa, Bundibugyo, Bugiri Moyo and Adjumani among others—where the number of students who failed was conspicuous.

But schools in Kalungu, Gomba, Butambala, Rakai, Mukono and Kampala, among other districts in central Uganda, had the least percentage of number of students graded in division Seven and Nine.

A little improvement
It should be noted that there has been slight improvement in number of students passing in Division Four in most districts although the number of those graded in the worst division remains alarmingly glaring.

Officials attribute the failure rate to lack of sufficient personnel and facilities. The Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mr Francis Agula, told Daily Monitor that it was all about capacity issues. He said: “If you look at the young districts you will realize that they do not have teachers and facilities to teach.” Adding: “What we are doing now is put up housing for teachers, strengthen monitoring and equip teachers with all they need to do their job.”

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