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.
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.