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Private Teachers' Colleges Perform Poorly in Grade III Certificate Exams

According to the results that were released on Wednesday, students who registered and sat for their examinations in private colleges scored the lowest results. The overall pass was 65 percent. However, the worst performers scored below 30 percent.
17 Apr 2019 18:55
Eli Katunguka the Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University hands over the results to the minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni

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Private primary teachers’ colleges performed poorly in the 2018 Grade III Teacher's Certificate Examinations.

According to the results that were released on Wednesday, students who registered and sat for their examinations in private colleges scored the lowest results. The overall pass was 65 percent. However, the worst performers scored below 30 percent.

The worst performing colleges were Margherita PTC in Kitgum, Kampala University PTC in Masaka, Bulowa PTC Wakiso and Walugogo PTC in Iganga.

Dr Annie Begumisa, the academic registrar for Kyambogo University says that an investigation needs to be conducted to find out why privately owned colleges perform poorly year after year.

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Dr Begumisa adds that compared to the best performing colleges that obtained an overall pass of over 85 percent, the results show a very big disparity among the two groups.

The best performing colleges are funded by government and include; Rukungiri PTC and Canon Apollo PTC located in Kabarole. The two colleges had an overall pass of 90 percent. 

Dr Jane Egau, the Commissioner Teacher Training and Education in the Ministry of Education attributes the poor performance to the lack of a learning environment in the private teacher colleges.

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A total of 11,164 students sat for last year’s examinations from 58 examination centres. 3316 students failed and are set to repeat.

Dr Beatrice Byakutaga, the Chairperson PTC Principal Association of Uganda, says that most private schools are performing poorly because most of them have low enrolment numbers which affects the operations.

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The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni says the increase in the number of private teacher’s college should result into better grades for students and not failures.

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There are 12 privately owned colleges and 46 that are funded by government. The general performance of the candidates improved compared to 2017.

In 2018 an overall percentage pass of 65.42 percent was recorded compared to 61.93 percent the previous year. 16 students passed with distinctions, 7,025 with credits and 263 scored passes. 544 candidates had their examinations ungraded.