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Opposition Pins Gov’t On Poor Quality Education

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remedy http://cocktaildream.be/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/awaitingmoderation.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While addressing a weekly press conference at the party headquarters in Kampala, http://chancellorinsja.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/admin-views/events-meta-box.php the UPC party vice president, Joseph Bossa, said several reports have come out indicating that the country’s education standard is dying out, which reports, include the recently released Uwezo education report.

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“It is very unfortunate that the poor quality of education is mostly reported among Universal Primary Education (UPE) who are then said to be the pupils from the less privileged families,” Bossa said.


He added: “This means that we are having two parallel education systems in the country; one for the poor who are the overall majority and the other for the rich who are taken to private schools.”


“It is government responsibility to make sure that the children of Uganda get quality education because the quality of education has a very big impact on the development of any country.


“No country can develop when its population is not educated no matter the minerals that it may have; this is why even countries with no minerals have been able to develop due to the quality education services they offer to their populations,” Bosa added.


The Uwezo report has, however, revealed that both private and Government schools are wanting, as far as improving the quality of education in the country.


Overall, the new Uwezo report shows that only three out 10 of all children assessed nationwide, were able to read and understand a Primary Two level text, and correctly solve a Primary Two numeracy question.


The report further reveals that most of these skills are barely attained when the learners reach Primary Seven but, however, some of the students complete Primary Seven, before attaining the basic competences.


Uwezo further reveals that due to the new thematic curriculum, where local languages are used as a medium of instruction, children were tested on their level of proficiency in their local languages.


The local languages tested included Ateso, Runyoro, Rutooro and Leblango (Lango).


But still with the use of local language as a medium of instruction, only 30% of the pupils in Primary Seven could correctly read a Primary Two local language story.


The number goes down to 10% among the Primary Three children. The report came months after the Government had released its report about pupils’ proficiency.


The report, done by Uganda National Examinations Board, was dubbed the National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE).


The National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE) report which was released months ago also revealed that from 2011, the proportions of pupils rated proficient dropped to 63% at Primary Three and 45% at Primary Six level.


In 2012, it rose to 69% at Primary Three and remained the same at Primary Six level.

The proportion of the pupils who reached the defined proficiency levels in numeracy (counting) and literacy in English (reading, writing and comprehending text) was 45.2% and 40%.

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