21 January 2005

Uganda: 70% Pass PLE in Kyenjojo

Kyenjojo — Mr Godfrey Rwebembera, the Inspector of Schools has said the Universal Primary Education programme has succeeded in the area.

Speaking to The Monitor in an interview on Tuesday, Rwebembera said over 70 percent of the pupils who sat for the Primary Leaving Examinations passed and qualified for secondary education.

He said out of the 5015 pupils who sat for the 2004 PLE exams, 1307 failed representing 25.9 percent failure and 502 pupils missed exams representing only 9.9 percent.

Rwebembera said UPE would succeed if parents stopped causing unnecessary absenteeism of pupils' by subjecting them to domestic work.

He said peoples' negative attitude towards the UPE was retarding the progress of the programme.

Rwebembera identified English and Maths as the hardest subjects because pupils were still finding it difficult to interpret and answer the questions with in the time set by Uneb.

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