Banabas Langoya, the District Education Officer DEO explains that up to 55 government aided primary schools out of 68 in the district did not record a single first grade. Up to 2,587 candidates sat for Primary Leaving Exams - PLE in 2018.
Lamwo District has set targets for head teachers in a bid to improve performance.
The head teachers have been tasked to ensure that at least 200 Primary Seven candidates obtain first grade in this year's Primary Leaving Examination- PLE or face demotion. Already the district has transferred 18 Head Teachers in a bid to improve performance.
Bernard Langoya, the District Education Officer says that the head teachers will be required to sign performance agreement with their respective sub-county chiefs upon which they will be appraised. He revealed that the performance agreement will cover regular presence in their respective schools and time keeping.
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Johnson Akera Okella, the Headteacher of Dii Cwinyi Primary school, also the Chairperson Uganda National Teachers' Union - UNATU Lamwo branch says government schools are still understaffed which will continue to affect performance of schools.
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Langoya says that according to the Ministry of Education standards, each school is required to have at least eight teachers but this has not been possible. Despite this, Langoya says under-staffing should be a motivation for teachers to commit themselves to produce better results.
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In the 2018 Primary Leaving Examination - PLE results, Lamwo attained 60 first grades from 16 schools and 47 of those were from three private schools while 13 from government schools.
In 2017, Lamwo only got 17 first graders out of 2,040 candidates that sat. The district performed moderately well in 2016 and 2012 getting 74 and 71 first graders out 2,226 and 2,419 candidates respectively.