Friday May 9 2014

Nakaseke forms team to probe PLE performance

By Dan Wandera

Nakaseke District authorities have formed a task force at each sub-county to investigate the declining academic standards in UPE schools.
Many schools in the district failed to post a single first grade for the 2013 Primary Leaving Examinations.

According to the Nakaseke District chairman, Mr Ignatius Kiwanuka Koomu, accusations among different stakeholders in trying to apportion blame for the declining education standards cannot be a solution, but the task force could try to guide authorities in streamlining the education sector.
“We cannot deny the fact that some parents have abandoned their roles of providing the basics, including lunch for the children. But the counter accusations from the different stakeholders cannot resolve the problem,” Mr Koomu said on Tuesday.

Ms Rose Namayanja Nsereko, the Nakaseke District Woman MP and Information and National Guidance minister, said the task force, which comprises of sub-county councillors, chairpersons, local council officials, head teachers and parents’ representatives will move to the different schools, guided by a technical person to assess the problems.

While addressing a stakeholders meeting at Timna Primary School in Kasangombe on Tuesday, Ms Namayanja said the results were worrying and yet government was facilitating schools with text books and teachers’ salaries.

She said Kasangombe managed to post only four pupils in first grade out of an estimated 600 candidates from 16 primary schools in the recently released PLE.

In 2013, Nakaseke District registered 199 pupils in first grade out of 3,500 who sat for the Primary Leaving Examinations.