Ntungamo district authorities have launched a manhunt for more than 100 potential Primary Leaving Examination-PLE absentees. The prospective candidates didn't turn up for mocks despite registering for this year's PLE.
At least 111 prospective candidates skipped the mock exams which attracted 9655 candidates. 639 candidates passed in division one, 3181 in division two, 2625 in division three and 497 in division. 9 candidates missed some papers.
The failure of the 111 candidates to show up for the mock exams hasn't gone down well with the district authorities. They have tasked head teachers of the affected candidates to account for their failure to show up for the mocks.
Odo Arigye, the Ntungamo District Education Officer, says they can't sit back and watch candidates miss out on national examinations.
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He says the rate of absenteeism in the district is worrying, saying parent some parents marry off their daughters. Arigye directed school authorities to ensure zero absenteeism.
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Johnson Muhinda, the Chairperson Ntungamo Head teachers Association, says they have already directed all head teachers to act fast and ensure that the potential absentees are done away with.
Julius Baguma, a parent at Ruhanga Adventist primary school blames the problem on the absence of serious school supervision.
He says key stakeholders in the education sector haven't been working closely and calls for coordination between school management committees, Parents and Head teachers to address the challenge.