Paul Higenyi, the Budaka District Education Officer said they are investigating head teachers on various counts which could have led to a high failure rate in the district.
Higenyi said the department is investigating dubious deals where some head teachers secretly registered P5 pupils to sit for PLE.
Budaka district has started
investigating some head teachers in the district over poor performance in the
Primary Leaving Examination whose results were recently released.
Most of the 8,600 pupils
who sat for the exams in 2020 failed to make it to senior one which has puzzled
the district leaders prompting them to institute an investigation.
Only 216 pupils passed in Division One,
1,746 in Division Two while 1,156 had Division Three and 907
were in Division 4 and 864 were Ungraded. Absentees were 41.
Paul Higenyi, the Budaka
District Education Officer said they are investigating head teachers on various
counts which could have led to a high failure rate in the district.
Higenyi said the department
is investigating a dubious business where some head teachers secretly
registered P5 pupils to sit for PLE.
‘’Some of the parents are
calling me revealing how their P5 pupils excelled in PLE, an indication that
head teachers are doing it secretly without our notice and this could have
contributed to the high rate of failures,’’ he said.
Also under investigations
according to Higenyi, are cases of head teachers of government schools who
connived with owners of private schools to screen their weak candidates and
later register them under UPE schools after extorting money from parents.
This comes at a time when
government-aided primary schools in the district have continued to register
poor results compared to private schools.
The District Inspector of
schools Gerald Kiire said political interference has contributed to the poor
performance, but did not elaborate.
The Secretary for Education George
Mukamba blamed unregulated transfers of teachers, and negative attitudes of some
parents towards education.
A head teacher of one of the schools who declined to be named attributed the poor performance to
parents’ failure to provide lunch to the learners and government automatic
Bureau Chief Elgon/Bukedi
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.