The government has said it will need to recruit 6,000 teachers as a deliberate effort to implement compulsory science subjects. This is in line with the ongoing efforts to jumpstart a science-based education system that will be expected to foster national development Mr Francis Agula, the commissioner for secondary education in the Ministry of Education, made the remarks yesterday ahead of today’s Senior Five selection.
He explained that although the government introduced compulsory sub-mathematics and computer studies for A-Level students three years ago, the policy was relaxed last year to allow the pioneer students do their final examinations, urging that most schools hadn’t been equipped with teachers and computers.
As a result, their performance in the compulsory subjects will not inform university admissions except for the three principal subjects and general paper.
Request to govt
Mr Agula said they have presented a request to recruit at least 3,650 science teachers out of the 6,000 needed to ministries of public service and finance and waits approval.
Meanwhile, schools are set to lower their S5 cut off points following a decline in performance in last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education.
Uganda National Examinations Board reported last month that last year’s S4 candidates posted a drop in overall performance from 94.1 per cent in 2012 to 91.2 per cent in 2013. This represents a 2.9 per cent decline in performance.
In 2012, 1,332 schools countrywide fell below the 50 percent mark on the basis of Division One scores. A total of 342 registered a single percentage point while 104 schools failed to get a single Division One student.
This year, it is expected that with the poor performance registered in the O-Level results released recently, schools that have perennially attracted students in droves, even with stiff cut-offs, will have no choice but to relax them.
“The performance was generally not good and the cutoff is expected to come down,” Mr Agula added.