Districts in Eastern Uganda have recorded the worst performance in the just released Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results.
According to the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), the worst performing districts included Bukwo with 28.6, Butaleja-28.3, Kween-22.3, Kapchorwa-22.2, Buliisa-21.9, Bulambuli-21.5, Pallisa-20.2, Sironko-19.6, Busia-18.8 and Bududa-18.0.
Dan N Odongo, the UNEB secretary says that the districts scored more than twice the national mean failure rate which stands at 8.8 percent.
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The examination body identified language deficiency, failure of candidates to understand and interpret questions, lack of school laboratories and the lack of the basic understanding of Science subjects as some of the challenges that candidates faced during the 2017 national examinations.
In the recently released Primary Leaving Examinations, districts from the Eastern part of the country were yet again among the worst performing. At the time of the release, the Minister of Education, Janet Museveni, promised to go to the east and probe the reasons for the poor performance.
Alex Kakooza, permanent secretary, Ministry of Education says that the ministry formed a committee to look into the constant bad performances from the Eastern part of the country.
“We formed a committee to help us understand why the Eastern part of the country continuously performs badly while other regions like the West and Central post good results,” he said.
Robinson Nsumba Lyanzi, Director Basic and Secondary Education, also one of the members of the committee that was set up to investigate poor performance in the Eastern Uganda, says that their findings show that teachers have a role to play.
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Lyanzi says that other issues that the report highlights are the lack of adequate numbers of staff at schools, absentee head teachers and limited parent involvement in the education of children.
Kakooza says that the ministry will take into account the findings of the committee and draw their next budget depending on the report that is yet to be presented to the minister.
A total of 320,119 candidates sat for last year's examinations. Of these, 287,460 candidates are reported to have passed in division 1,2,3 and 4 while 27,955 candidates failed last year's examinations.
Odongo urged all school heads to get a copy of the examinations report that is issued by UNEB annually to try and check the common mistakes that candidate make during examinations.
“Schools should come and get that report because it will show them what they need to concentrate on as far as the performance of their candidates is concerned,” he noted.