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Poor Performance in UPE Schools Blamed on Loans, Alcohol

Salim Komakech, the Kwania Resident District Commissioner blames poor performance in the recently concluded PLE to multiple loans and drunkenness by teachers in the district.
Salim Komakech, the Kwania Resident District Commissioner (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Poor performance in government aided primary schools in Kwania has been attributed to strange causes; multiple borrowing and drunkenness.

Of  the 2,451 candidates who sat 2020 PLE Exam in Kwania, only 84 got division one, 1,104 obtained division two, 606 candidates passed in division three, 335 obtained division four, and 283 failed the exams while 21 candidates missed the Exam.

In the Sub County ranking, Abongomola emerged the best performing Sub County with only 14 candidates in grade one, Aduku Sub County came second with 8 in grade one, Aduku Town Council third with 25 candidates in division one but 20 in division U. Meanwhile Nambieso Sub County tailed with only 6 candidates in grade one and 107 in division U.

Salim Komakech, the Kwania Resident District Commissioner blames poor performance in the recently concluded PLE to multiple loans and drunkenness by the teachers in the district.

Speaking during the presentation of PLE results on Saturday at Kwania District Headquarters, Komakech noted that several teachers in the district obtained multiple loans from money lenders and abandoned  classes in fear of being arrested hence deteriorating performance.

Komakech explained that many teachers acquired loans while depositing their ATM cards with micro-finance institutions, because they borrowed from multiple sources. He says they change bank accounts forcing loan officers to hunt for them. He tasked the school head teachers to ensure their teachers borrow money from well-established financial institutions to better performance in the district.

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Andrew Omunu, the Kwania District Education Officer says that the district plans to cause a mass transfer of head teachers in the district to improve on improvement in schools. He said the drunkard teachers will face the reward and sanction committee for disciplinary actions.

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Kwania District Secretary of Education and Health Joan Abutu said the district is aware of the situation but it was hard to identify the culpable individual teachers.

She says the money lending institutions charge very high-interest rates, a reason why the teachers find it hard to repay given the high cost of living.  

Geoffrey Alex Ogwal Adyebo, the Kwania District Chairman says the district will focus on building the capacity of teachers, setting performance targets and selecting three model schools per Sub County as strategies to improve on educational performance in the district.

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