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PLE Results For Seven Kampala Schools Withheld

This was disclosed by Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA Director for Education, Juliet Namuddu during a meeting with primary school head teachers at Nakasero Primary School on Thursday evening.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Director for Education, Juliet Namuddu

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Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) has withheld results of 461 candidates who sat Primary Leaving Examination (UPE) in seven schools situated in Kampala.

The schools are; King Fahad Islamic Primary School (177 candidates), Starleans Primary School (23 candidates), Kawempe Mbogo Primary Schools (43 candidates), Moslem Girls Primary School (45 candidates), Faiha Primary School Mpererwe (38 candidates), Makindye Mother Care Primary School (99 candidates and Kyagwe Road Primary School (35 candidates).  

This was disclosed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Director for Education, Juliet Namuddu during a meeting with primary school head teachers at Nakasero Primary School on Thursday evening.

She said withholding of candidates' results was “sad and disheartening” given that UNEB did not withhold results of any Kampala school candidate when releasing results of 2017 due to suspected malpractice.  

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Namuddu said the blame solely lie on teachers and head teachers of schools who fail to prepare students for exams but prepare them for cheating. “For me as a director, it's very very sad that we can be suspected of malpractice. Ladies and gentlemen, we are the leaders in the schools, we are the mothers and fathers of these children, we should learn to prepare them for sitting and passing and not teaching them to carry out malpractice,” she said.

During the release of 2018 PLE examination results, UNEB executive secretary, Dr. Daniel Odongo, said results of 3,500 candidates were withheld. The students whose results were withheld will be called to UNEB security committee for questioning.

Performance

Namuddu said performance of Kampala schools slightly improved as the percentage of students with first grade went up from 7,754 (27%) of 2017 to 8,622 (29.6) of 2018 out of 29,439 candidates who sat PLE. She was data is being analysed to give detailed performance report.

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But a total of 326 candidates completely failed 2018 UPE compared 384 candidates who failed in 2017 in Kampala schools. Namuddu said asked teachers to work hard to reduce the number of students who are completely failing. “This means that after seven years at school, this child has completely got nothing. This is sad, it should not be happening,” she said.  

There was no data for performance of 79 Universal Primary Education schools in Kampala which are directly under the management of KCCA. The dismal performance of UPE schools last caused uproar among councilors who were raising question. State Minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanya equally met head teachers of schools, rebuking them for poor performance.    

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