Omoro district, formerly part of Gulu district, with 451 students sitting UCE last year, trailed everyone else with just 5 students in first grade – one of them being female. The district became operational in 2016.
Education minister Janet Museveni receiving exam results from Uneb officials
New districts carved out of the top-performing districts have
trailed in the just-released Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE results.
A deeper look at the figures released by Uganda National Examinations
Board-UNEB on today shows that districts created 2010, and those that started
operations from 2016, are struggling to post good grades with most them having
less than 5% of their candidates in first grade.
Packwach, Buhweju, Butebo, Namisindwa, Omoro, Butebo posted the worst
performances, data shows.
Omoro district, formerly part of Gulu
district, with 451 students sitting UCE last year, trailed everyone else with
just 5 students in first grade – one of them being female. The district became
operational in 2016.
Butebo which was carved out of Pallisa district and became operational
in 2017 has just 6 students passing in first grade out of the 506 candidates
Buhweju which was carved out of Greater Bushenyi in 2010 could only
manage 9 students in first grade with no female candidate. Some 596 students
Namisindwa, which started operations in 2017 and was curved out Manafwa in
eastern Uganda, managed to get just 12 students in first grade out of the 889
that sat for the exams.
Yet if there is a story that the newer districts tell, it is the story
of that they are struggling to get on and be able to offer basic services like
quality education independently.
Previous reporting has shown that most of these districts have failed to
hire staff and fill up key positions that would enable do effective monitoring
for services offered.
Others have no facilities like classroom blocks, libraries, and science
laboratories – ideally what a student needs to pass.
Many are struggling to collect revenues and the funding from the central
government is dismal.
For some new districts, teachers refused to move there, choosing stay in
the mother districts.
Buhweju has been a district for the last ten years but still
struggles to offer basic services.
There are, however, those that performed better. Sheema
district which was split from Bushenyi got 408 students in first grade although
one would argue that it is because it sat a huge number at 4,292 candidates.
Rubirizi district, also from Bushenyi, had 9.6% of its candidates in grade one.
On the other hand, traditional districts maintained top performances.
Kampala, Masaka, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Wakiso, and Mukono posted more
students in first grade – all having more than 12% of their students in grade