Why 2,202 Senior 6 Candidates Failed

UNEB Executive Secretary Matthew Bukenya at the release of the UACE exam results on Friday

The Catholic Church in Mbarara in western Uganda is still straining to take in the news of the departure of its first indigenous Bishop John Baptist Kakubi, decease who passed away yesterday Thursday.

Bishop Emeritus Kakubi breathed his last the Kampala Hospital after battling hypertension.

At the Nyamitanga Cathedral in Mbarara town, Chimpreports caught up with Sister Mary Germina Keneema, the diocesan executive secretary  who told us the that archdiocese and the Catholic Church in Uganda had lost a profound member of the clergy.

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Bishop Kakubi passed away in Kampala on Thursday

Bishop Kakubi passed away in Kampala on Thursday

She said Christians in Mbarara were taken aback on hearing the sad news from Kampala.

A requiem mass was held for the departed cleric at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala on Friday morning.

His body is expected in Mbarara tomorrow where another mass while be held at noon and there after he will be laid to rest Nyamitanga cathedral church in Mbarara according to the preliminary program.

Sister Keneema told Chimpreports that the late Kakubi had asked and could still be buried at St. Joseph’s Vocational School Chapel, one of the schools he founded.

She described the deceased as a hardworking person who turned many toward the Christian light and urged all Christians and church leaders to follow in his footsteps.

Bishop Imeritus Kakubi in his home Ibanda

Bishop Imeritus Kakubi in his home Ibanda

Kakubi will be the second Bishop of Mbarara Diocese to be buried at Nyamitanga after late Bishop Jean Marie Ogez who was ordained on December 1956 and died in July 2000.

Born of late Rafaili Ziridamu and Kandida Kiremire in Mbarara District present Isingiro district on 23rd September 1929 at Kyanyanda Village in Rugaaga sub county, Mbarara District (present day Isingiro district); Bishop Kakubi was the first ordained Ugandan Bishop of Mbarara Diocese

He went to school at Birunduma Primary School in 1938, Katigondo Major Seminary before being appointed a curate at Nyamitanga on 1st December, 1961.

He later joined the teaching profession at Katigondo major seminary from January 1963 to December 1964.

Kakubi was ordained a priest on June 11, 1960 and was consecrated a bishop by Pope Paul VI at Kololo on August 1, 1969 together with retired bishop of Hoima, Edward Albert Baharagate.

He was later appointed a parish priest at Nyamitanga parish priest in 1966 to 1967 before being appointed a rector at Kitabi seminary in 1968 January to August 1969.

He retired on November 23, 1991 and died yesterday aged 86.

Government through the Ministry of Education, prostate Science and Technology has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the poor performance of the 2015 senior six students in which 2, this site 202 candidates completely failed.

Minister for Higher Education, find Eng. J.C Muyingo made the revelation at the release of the 2015 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) results at Lugogo in Kampala.

“We found that most of the students were not prepared for the exams; we have therefore requested UNEB together with the Ministry to investigate why a student that has studied for two years could fail to earn a single mark from a subject that they willfully chose,” Muyingo said.

The biggest blame, he said goes to the teachers who do little in preparing students other than engaging  them with pamphlets.

“Many candidates showed lack of understanding of basic concepts, listing their points when descriptions or explanations were required, giving generalized answers lacking in specifics and examples; failing to understand the key words that define the task in the questions,” said Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary at the release.

“Examiners reported that schools rush through the UACE syllabus in order to complete by Term One in Senior 6. The consequence of this is that many candidates don’t grasp the key concepts in a subject.”

Bukenya added that the rest of the time is devoted to revision, testing and seminars by facilitators. “When candidates have not grasped the basics, revision, testing and facilitation will not improve their performance appreciably.”

Bukenya remarked that there has been evidence of cram work, over-reliance on class notes and poorly written pamphlets and lack of independent research by candidates.

“As reported in previous years, poor communication skills continue to affect the candidates’ ability to express themselves adequately even if they understood the demands of the questions.”

Eng. Muyingo also noted that some indisciplined male teachers have continued to destabilize the female students sexually which affects their performance and concentration in class.


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