Sub- County authorities in Apac district have resolved to suspend the policy of
automatic promotion of pupils as one of the measures to improve educational
performance in schools there.
decision was reached in Parents Teacher’s Association-PTA and School Management
Committee meetings convened in 14 government aided schools in the sub county. The
meeting noting with concern that the Automatic Promotion policy has seen the
Sub County register a drastic decline in performance.
Innocent Abongo, the Community Development
Officer Chegere Sub County, says many schools in area are still performing
poorly due to implementation of the automatic promotion policy. Abongo
explained that during their recent educational tour in Mbale district, they
discovered that many schools in the area had suspended the policy of automatic
says learners who failed to score the required average marks are either made to
repeat the same class or demoted, which has helped schools to yield good
to Abongo they are now thinking beyond the guideline of Universal Primary Education
to improve performance in schools.
Among the measures put in place include an education
task force placed at all levels as well as reactivated Head Teacher’s Association
and assessment of all P.6 pupils before they are promoted to P.7.
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Veronica Alum, a resident of Adem parish in Chegere
Sub County observed that due to the automatic promotion policy many children
are dropping out of school since most of them lose interest in studies when
they reach primary seven and fail Exams.
Fred Ojuka and another parent and resident of
Ololango parish, says all children should be made to repeat the class they
fail. Adding that continues assessment should be done to strengthen their competencies
and improve performance.
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The Acting Apac District Education Officer, Sam
Atim blamed the poor performance to a number of factors ranging from poor
implementation of the school feeding program and attitude of parents towards
education among others.
described the move as a consensus of parents themselves wanting to have a
system to provide quality education for their children.
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He commended the current Sub County leadership
for investing more in education and ensuring that a positive change is
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In 2019, only 03 candidates in Chengere Sub
County scored grade one. Government introduced the automatic promotion
policy in 2007 as a means to promote Universal Education among school
going age children. Under the policy, learners under Universal Primary Education
and Universal Secondary Education automatically progress from one class to
another without considering the quality of their performance.