Minister Janet Worried as Primary Teachers Fail Maths, English

Prof.Eli Katunguka hands over the results to the Education Minister Janet Museveni.

Mathematics and English language were the worst done subjects by grade 3 primary teachers in the new results released for Primary Teachers’ Colleges in Uganda for the year 2015, ask ChimpReports has learnt.

According to the results released on Friday afternoon by the new Minister of Education and Sports, about it Hon Janet Museveni, more about the percentage passes were at 68.10% and 75.23% for English language and Mathematics respectively.

The results also indicated that of the total 10612 candidates that sat, only 2(0.02%) excelled with distinction passes whereas 4508 representing a 42.5 percentage had credit passes.

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Unveiling the results at the Office of the Prime Minister, the acting Vice Chancellor for Kyambogo University Prof. Eli Katunguka said professional education studies, social studies education and local languages were the best done subjects at the Primary Teachers’ Colleges throughout  the country.

He named Kiyoora (Ntungamo),Ndegeya(Masaka),Kamurasi(Masindi) and Bushenyi as the best performing  Primary Teachers’ Colleges in the 2015 Grade III certificate teacher education examinations.

However according to Rose Bwire, the Academic Registrar at Kyambogo University, despite introduction of a new curriculum with more emphasis on English and Mathematics, improvement in the 2 subjects has not been much.

“It is too early to conclude that the new curriculum has failed to address the problems but we can wait one or 2 more years before seeing its progress,” Bwire said.

The education minister, Hon Janet Museveni expressed concern over the number of students failing English and Mathematics saying it is appalling to see these subjects being poorly done.

“These are key subjects in the education sector and something must be done to improve performance in these subjects.”

She added, “Entry admission requirements are to be revised starting in 2017 in a bid to see improvement especially in these 2 subjects.”

The Minister says primary education is the backbone of the education system that needs to be given special attention it deserves insisting there should be emphasis put on the English language.

She said that this can only start with teachers who are change agents whose quality plays a big role in laying a firm foundation for the education system.

“The English language should be improved not only because it is the official language but also the mode of  communication .This can be promoted through debates, competitions in article writing plus reading books and newspaper which need to be emphasized in English language teaching,” the education minister urged.

In an interview with ChimpReports, the new State Minister for Primary  Education, Rose  Ssenninde said the entry points for both mathematics and English would be raised from pass 8 to credit 6 so as to improve on quality of student who enroll in  national primary teachers’ colleges.

“We need to focus not on quantity but quality of students we enroll at National Teachers’ Colleges and this would definitely transform into good quality primary school teachers,”Sseninde noted.


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