Minister Museveni says that they have been guided by technical teams in the education sector that having learners of the revised curriculum progress into the existing A’level curriculum doesn’t comprise their subject or jeopardize their academic ground expected of them upon joining higher education.
The minister also conveyed her joy over the improved results this year, as a larger number of learners are now qualified to progress to the next level of education compared to previous years. While appreciating this positive development, she acknowledged that it raises crucial questions about what was done differently this time and what factors contributed to this trend.
In November 2023, the IG released a comprehensive 100-page report exposing systemic issues at the once-prestigious city school. The report highlighted instances of malpractice, maladministration, abuse of office, and mismanagement of funds under Ssuuna's leadership.
The ongoing discussion is largely fueled by a social media post that seems to have been captured from a WhatsApp group of old boys of St Mary's College, Kisubi-SMACK90 and has gained traction through widespread sharing by various users.
Joseph Sserwanga, the Deputy Principal of Bukalasa Agricultural College has expressed concern that both government and private investors find it challenging to afford the necessary resources for each school, and highlighted the critical shortage of resources like land, sports facilities, and laboratories, which are essential for effective learning.
The Principal of Bukalasa Agricultural College, Gelvan Kisolo Lule proposed that individuals with university-level academic backgrounds should primarily dedicate themselves to research and the generation of new knowledge, products, and technologies. Subsequently, these innovations would be implemented by skilled artisans and technicians within their specific fields.
Commenting on the matter, Filbert Baguma, the General Secretary of UNATU, stated that the announcement did not originate from UNATU and has dissociated the association from the alleged strike. He urged the general public and teachers to treat the information with the contempt it deserves.
Before the policy is reviewed, the minister emphasizes the need to provide a pathway of hope for those who have failed this year's examination. For instance, she that they can be assisted by repeating Primary Seven.
During the examination release, Janet Kataaha Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports, expressed her satisfaction that the negative trend of absentee candidates in PLE has been reversed. However, she acknowledged that the figure of over 12,000 absentee candidates is still substantial.
The results released by the examination body on Thursday afternoon show that more than 91.0 percent of the candidates which is 670.607 of total 736,931 of those who sat the examinations successfully passed science, achieving at least a Pass eight.
Parents, candidates, and other stakeholders can use Short Message Services (SMS) on mobile telecom networks to check results once released. By typing "PLE," followed by a space, the candidate's index number, and sending it to 6600, they can access the results promptly.
Professor Muganga contends that it is crucial for Uganda to embrace the ban on residential schools, emphasizing that they do more harm than good to the education system. He argues that parents abdicate their responsibilities by entrusting children to these schools, which, don't contribute positively to students' development.