46% Fail Mock Exams in Ntungamo

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Only 1,125 candidates out of the 9,784 who sat for the mock examinations passed in division one. At least 2,250 candidates passed in division two; 1,627 in division three and 2,323 were in division four. The district recorded 205 candidates in division X, while 2,218 were categorised under division U.

Forty six percent of pupils who sat for the primary leaving mock examinations in Ntungamo district have failed the papers, results released on Monday show.
 
Only 1,125 candidates out of the 9,784 who sat for the mock examinations passed in division one.  At least 2,250 candidates passed in division two; 1,627 in division three and 2,323 were in division four.
 
The district recorded 205 candidates in division X, while 2,218 were categorised under division U. Another 36 pupils were categorized under division Y a situation where by a pupil does not complete all the examinable papers.

Fred Bahati, the Ntungamo district inspector of schools, says that the exams were set by the head teachers' association and marked by teachers from different schools.
 
He says that this was done to ensure that they check the performance and look at possible interventions.
 
Bahati says that though the results are not good, this will help them plan ahead.
  
Ntungamo district education officer Odo Arigye told URN the results are an eye opener not only to the parents, teachers and head teachers but also to the district leadership as well.
 
The Ntungamo Local Council 5 chairperson, Denis Singahache, says the results show that many stakeholders in education have not played their part to pave way for good results.
 
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He says that a decision has been taken to have all the head teachers whose schools will fail to improve during the final primary leaving examinations punished.
  
He however says that parents have a big role to play by ensuring that their children give enough attention to their studies, availing and parking meals for them as well as giving them less domestic work.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.