The Ministry of Education and Sports has made major changes
in the post-primary and Senior five selection and placement processes.
education institutions above a given level would come together to carry
out the selection and placement of students depending on performance in the previous national examinations. For instance, after Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE,
secondary schools, and other post-primary institutions including farm schools,
skilling centres, polytechnic institutions among others sit to determine
who is admitted.
In the same development, placement for senior four leavers
could attract A-level schools, Primary Teacher’s Colleges, Nursing, Midwifery
and Allied Health institutions, and Business, Technical Vocational Education
and Training –BTVET institutions.
Now, Dr Denis Mugimba, the Ministry of Education
spokesperson, says this process has been having a lot of challenges as several
students placed in BTVET institutions rarely showed up thus rendering the time
taken during selection nearly useless. Mugimba says that secondary school will continue with the
current arrangement as the ministry looks for better means for the said
“The selection that will lead to admission into Senior One
and Senior Five will go on. But, we are still looking for better ways through
which the other institution will be handling the matter,” he said, adding the
ministry is likely to come up with a solution in a month.
With the new changes effected, the Ministry of Education and
sports has at last set dates for selection and placement exercise for Senior
One and Senior Five students. Ever since the examination results were released, students
and parents have been impatiently waiting for the selection process so that
they will be admitted to schools of their choice. However, the education
ministry had delayed the process to streamline the academic calendar which has
been grossly affected by COVID-19 induced school closures.
Now, Dr Mugimba, says the exercise will take place from
October 25 to 29 covering an entire week, and will be hosted at Kololo
ceremonial grounds. According to the data from the Ministry of Education, there
are over 200,000 schools, mostly public, that will participate in this year’s
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Benson Kule Babitazare, the Chairperson of the Selection Committee, says this
time around the selection process for both classes will happen at the same
time. Previously the Senior One and Senior Five selections have been conducted
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Babitazare, who is also the Commissioner for Secondary Education Standards, says that to prevent crowding on the venue, they have
opted to have a maximum of 400 schools conduct selection each day with each of
the pre-selected schools sending only one representative.
Besides having a limited number of participants per day,
Babitazare adds that those who will take part must undergo a mandatory covid19
test which will be carried out at Kololo secondary school two days before their
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The selection comes at a time when many public schools had
resorted to receiving applications for both S1 and S5 students online using
what they termed as the compassionate admission window.
Babitazare notes that the ministry is aware that many
schools promised admission to many parents and students through this
arrangement. He, however, notes that the ministry is keeping a close eye to
punish whoever will reject students placed at their schools.
“We have data showing schools and the available space. The
standard is; each classroom must have six students. This means if a school has
four senior classrooms, the ministry is going to place 240 students in that
school,” he stressed.