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Inmates Jubilate Despite Decline in PLE Performance

Up to 56 candidates sat for PLE at the centre. Of these, 31, attained aggregates in second grade, 19 were in third grade, four got fourth-grade aggregates, while two were ungraded (U). Six of the candidates who had registered at the centre were registered absent.
Inmates who sat PLE carry their headmaster Niwamanya in celebrations

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There was excitement at Luzira Maximum Security Prisons despite registering no first division, in the just-released Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results. 

Up to 56 candidates sat for PLE at the centre. Of these, 31, attained aggregates in second grade, 19 were in third grade, four got fourth-grade aggregates, while two were ungraded (U). Six of the candidates who had registered at the centre were registered absent.

The two top performers in the prisons were Mayende Richard and Khadijah Namyalo who scored 14 points each. Mayende, says he is happy with his performance and plans to continue with education in the Prisons and pursue a career in journalism. Mayende has served two out of his seven-year jail term for defilement.

Mayende who went to prison after dropping out of school in Primary Six says he was encouraged by his teachers to join the school.   

//Cue in; “I got aggregates 14… 

Cue out…a serious journalist.”// 

Paul Ambayo, a death row inmate who scored 22 aggregates says he had hoped for a first grade. Although he believes that studying in detention is not easy, he will pursue his dream to become a medical doctor. Ambayo was jailed for murder in 2018. 

//Cue in; “When I was… 

Cue out…health those people.”//   

56-year-old Jamil Kafeero, who is in jail for aggravated robbery is content with his score of 28 aggregates. He started school from Prisons in Primary four in 2014. Kafeero is proud that he has learned the English language after so many years of failing to negotiate with travellers, as a taxi driver.   

//Cue in; “80 I was in… 

Cue out...what you do.”//    

Gilbert Niwamanya, the Head Teacher of Upper Prisons inmate schools says that the failure to get first-grade aggregates was distressing for him. He says he was however surprised at the performance of the inmates, saying they will go far if they work harder. 

//Cue in; “But I am…    

Cue out…our secondary school.”// 

26–year-old Michael Jjuuko from Buikwe, a teacher to the inmates, who is equally in prison, for defilement says he is happy with the performance. He says the learners put in a lot of effort because usually, they have less time for reading, compared to those in mainstream schools.   

//Cue in; “No the text… 

Cue out…were our efforts.”//

In 2018, the inmates recorded two first grades, among 65 candidates. 26 others scored aggregates in second grade.

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