Local Initiatives and Innovations Paying Off in PLE Performance

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Williams Ahabwe, Bushenyi District Inspector of Schools says to improve the performance, the district introduced teacher performance tool to monitor completion of syllabus.

Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) released the 2014 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results on Thursday. The results show that boys once again performed better than their female counterparts. Fort Portal Municipality, Entebbe, Mbarara, Jinja Municipalities and Bushenyi once again emerging among the winners.
 
While many district leaders and parents continue to blame government for lack of commitment in providing the basic necessities, some of the leaders of the best performing districts have gone extra mile to motivate the schools and participate in monitoring education activities in schools. Parents of pupils in such schools also take responsibilities in supporting the school management in providing the basic necessities.
 
Bushenyi district and the municipality have some of the best performing schools. The leaders say they have initiated schemes that track the performance of teachers in the schools.
 
Williams Ahabwe, Bushenyi District Inspector of Schools says to improve the performance, the district introduced teacher performance tool to monitor completion of syllabus. He says under the system, teachers are judged on the number of lessons planned and prepared and how many are taught against the number of syllabus.
 
He says every term; the data is presented to the district. He says any teacher that performs below the set target is summoned to the district to explain why he or she has performed below the target. He says those that do not improve are penalized after several warnings and corrections.
 
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In Kiruhura district, an inspection tool has been developed by the district and distributed to all the schools.
 
Turyamune Bagwine, the District Inspector of Schools, says the tool has helped the district and the school management committees to plan accordingly. She says in the inspection tracking, community members who have visited the school sign and assess the state of the school facilities and management.
 
Bagwine says these reports are used by both the school management committees and district officials when meeting for planning. She says it has made all the schools complaint and is producing results;
 
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Bagwine says the tool has helped in improving performance in UPE schools. She says when Kiruhura was established as a district, only one UPE school was performing well. She says since the system was introduced two years ago, the performance of UPE schools in national examinations has improved. Out of nine best performing schools in the district, only two are non UPE schools.
 
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Similar trends are being reported from other districts away from the city and nearby schools. Out of the 604971 candidates that registered, 471, 914 were UPE pupils, while 133057 were non UPE pupils. The performance however saw non UPE schools recording higher number of pupils in division one that all the UPE schools. A total of 25517 UPE candidates passed in division one compared to 35, 439 non UPE candidates.