Rakai, Mubende host worst PLE schools
Posted Friday, January 25 2013 at 02:00
PLE 2012. All the 146 worst performing schools failed to get a candidate in Division One and Two.
Rakai District could have had five out of the 100 top schools in last year’s PLE but the district is also host to majority of the worst performing schools in the country, according to results released by the Uneb on Monday .
An analysis of the results by the Daily Monitor indicated that Rakai has the highest number of the worst performing schools, followed by Mubende, Mityana Manafwa, Namayingo, Kyankwanzi ,Luuka and Tororo.
All the 146 worst performing schools failed to get a candidate in Division One and Two while others like Sikulu P/S in Manafwa, Ncumbi P/S (Kyenjojo) and Nyamirembe P/S (Kisoro) failed to have a candidate passing –implying that their candidates were either in Division U –who completely failed or Division X –who missed sitting the exams. According to Uneb statistics, 20,989 candidates scored Division X while 63,004 were in Division U.
Paradoxically, Mubende ,Oyam, Amuru, Nebbi, Kabong and Kyenjojo were among the 12 districts that benefited from the Quality Enhancement Programme which government together with education development partners rolled out in 2009 to improve performance after their pupils posted poor grades in the 2008 .
It was established then that despite massive investment in the primary sub-sector , the quality of basic education in the 12 districts was alarmingly poor and the QEP intervention was meant to improve the standards of primary education in those areas .
However, by continuing to post poor results, there is still an uphill task for schools in such districts to match academic standards of their counterparts in Kampala and other major municipalities which often post better results.