Esther Nabukenya,38, is sitting her O-Level examinations at Luzira Secondary School in Kampala with the hope of becoming a professional teacher.
The mother of four who sat Primary Leaving Examination in 1994, yesterday said she dropped out of school after losing her parents.
“My mother died when I was in Senior Four. I couldn’t complete school because she was paying my school fees. Although I have a certificate in nursery teaching, I have to get an O-Level certificate to be able compete in this Uganda. My aim is to join Makerere University for adult education,” Ms Nabukenya told Daily Monitor yesterday.
She added: “I urge other people who want to continue with studies not to be discouraged.”
Ms Nabukenya, however, revealed that it has been a struggle to pay her school fees and that of her children.
“I have one child in Senior Three and another in Primary Seven. I was a nursery school teacher but when Covid-19 hit, it disrupted everything. But still, I struggled with the support of my husband. You have to be determined in everything. I know I will not fail in this examination,” she said.
The head teacher of Luzira SS, Ms Grace Nantangya said: “Nabukenya is a good student and she knows what she wants. She behaves well and helps other students. We know she is going to perform very well in the coming exams.”
A total of 1,181,940 candidates have registered to sit national exams at various levels. O-Level exams started yesterday across the country.