Kampala. The ministry of Education has set February 26 as reporting date for students who have been admitted to Senior Five, primary teachers colleges and technical institutions.
Yesterday’s announcement by Education ministry permanent secretary Alex Kakooza leaves parents and sponsors with only 11 days to look for schools fees and other school requirements for their children.
Mr Kakooza’s statement was read by Mr Robinson Nsumba Lyazi, the director of Basic and Secondary Education at the ministry of Education during the closing ceremony for Senior Five selection at the Uganda Manufacturers Association show ground at Lugogo in Kampala.
According to the statement, the ministry has set a closer reporting date to ensure Senior Five students catch up with their colleagues and to ensure their first term syllabus is not affected.
“I take this opportunity to announce that the Senior Five and technical admitted students will report to their respective schools on February 26, and I call upon each one of you to give the necessary support to the students you have admitted to your schools to ensure that we get valuable feedback about the entire school enrollment process that will inform future students admissions,” Mr Nsumba said.
Meanwhile, the placement exercise, which started on Tuesday, has locked out more than 80,000 students who have not been placed anywhere yet.
Mr Benson Kule Baritazale, the selection committee chairperson, said they had placed only 204,469 students in various institutions by the end of the exercise yesterday.
UCE pass rate
The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) had indicated that out of the 320,119 candidates who sat last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams, only 287,350 had passed and were eligible to continue with their studies. This means that with only 204,469 students placed at the various institutions, this leaves out 82,881 students in the cold.