During a KCCA meeting held yesterday (Monday), city councillors were shocked to learn that government schools in Kampala never registered any candidate with Aggragate 4 in last year’s PLE results.
Presenting the 2017 PLE report on how UPE schools perfomed in Kampala to the councillors and the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, KCCA director for education Juliet Nambi informed them that private schools performed better than government schools.
“We are going to closely monitor the schools so that they perform better this year,” she added.
But councillors insisted that a part from closely monitoring, government should inject more funds in KCCA schools.
“UPE schools provide educate to peasant children. Iam what I am because of education. These schools have been neglected,” said Moses Katambu, the Central division councillor.
Before the introduction of UPE, primary schools like Nakasero, Buganda Road primary school, Kitante and any others were toppling in PLE exams.
Country wide problem
In last year’s PLE results released last Friday, only 57, 198 candidates scored first grade compared to last year’s 63,400 candidates.
According to figures from UNEB, private schools registered more first grades than government aided schools.
In total, 646,190 candidates sat PLE at 12,751 registered centres, an increase in number compared to 2016, which had 622,299 pupils.
But a number of districts failed to register any grade. Figures from UNEB show that Kween district registered the highest failures followed by Bukwo, Tororo , Kayunga and Mbale. Others are Mayuge, Kamuli, Buvuma Budaka and Bududa.
Wakiso, Kampala, Masaka, Bushenyi, Kabale Ntugamo and Rukingiri emerged the best.