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Nakaseke Headteachers Face Sanctions for Scrapping P.7 Class

Vincent Kaweesi, a member of Nakaseke District Education Committee says that a recent to Tokyika Primary School has proven that not had candidates for the past two years. Kaweesi, however, notes that interaction with parents and teachers revealed that the Primary Seven Class was scraped off for fear of repercussion if they fail.

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Headteachers in Nakaseke district face sanctions for scrapping off Primary Seven classes leaving candidates to look elsewhere for centres in order to complete the Primary Education cycle. 

Some of the schools on the spot include Kyetume Tokyika and Lukabala Primary Schools in Kasangombe Sub County, among others.

Vincent Kaweesi, a member of Nakaseke District Education Committee says that a recent to Tokyika Primary School has proven that not had candidates for the past two years.  Kaweesi, however, notes that interaction with parents and teachers revealed that the Primary Seven Class was scraped off for fear of repercussion if they fail.

Kaweesi says that the headteachers opted to scrap the Primary Seven class after the district set a target that requires that 90 per cent of candidates who sit at their centres must pass. Schools that fail to meet the target will have their administrators demoted.   

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Early this year, about five head teachers were demoted for recording over 10 per cent failures in the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations. Since the Policy to demote headteachers over poor performance was introduced in 2016, about 30 headteachers have been demoted to classroom teachers, a move which allegedly created panic among others in 113 schools. 

Nakaseke district Chairman Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka says that they issued a stern warning against the head teachers who have scrapped the Primary Seven class, saying they face demotion. Koomu described the head teachers as cowards and incompetent.   

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But the headteachers say that the Primary Seven classes were scrapped off because they had failed to attract the required number of candidates and the absence of infrastructure as mandated by the Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB.  According to UNEB guidelines, each centre is required to have at least 15 candidates at every sitting.

However, John Semugooma, the headteacher of Kyetume- Tokyika Primary school says that he is unaware of the reasons behind the removal of the class since he is newly posted there. Semugooma, however, noted that the school has inadequate furniture and buildings which could have been a challenge to his predecessor.

He committed to reinstating the class in order to save learners from trekking long distances to look for schools. 

According to the 2018 PLE results, out of the 4,192 candidates about 523 (12.4 per cent) passed in first grade, 2,064 (49.2 per cent) in second grade whereas 798 (19.0 per cent) in third grade and 528 (12.5 per cent) in fourth grade. About 156 (3.7 per cent) failed and 123 (2.9 per cent) didn't turn up to sit the exams.

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