School Dropouts: Government challenged to start awarding best performing students.
The Ministry of Education and Sports has been challenged to introduce a system of recognizing and awarding of best performing pupils and students in all schools in order to motivate and reduce school dropouts across Uganda.
The call was by Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament Hon Beatrice Rwakimaari saying Uganda is still facing the school dropout challenge but when her call can be answered, the dropouts will be addressed drastically.
Hon Rwakimaari made remarks on Thursday 30th January 2020 in the district council Hall Ntungamo western Uganda while reactivating her five year education plan to recognize and award the best performing pupils who excelled in 2019 PLE in the district.
At least 135 pupils in Ntungamo district will be recognized and awarded for their outstanding performance in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) as one of the ways of encouraging better performance in the area.
Four best PLE candidates 2019 in each sub county, division and town council within Ntungamo district received assortment of prizes including mattresses, basins, pens, books, and sanitary pads for girls to enable them to start form one .
Out of 9839 candidates who sat for last year’s PLE exams, 1056 passed in division one, 5094 in division two, 1918 in division three and 1072 in division four, 608 were ungraded while 91 failed to turn up.
School Dropouts in Uganda – as of Feb 27,2017:
Over five million Ugandan children of school-going age have dropped out of primary school before P7 in the past 20 years. This is according to an analysis of figures from assessment body Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) and Education and Sports Sector Annual Performance Reports (ESSAPRs).