Kampala — MAKINDYE Junior School, King Fahad Islamic, and Hope Children's Centre were the best schools in Kampala and Wakiso, in last year's Primary Leaving Examinations.
The results, which were released on Monday show that all the 50 pupils who sat at Makindye Junior School (Kampala) passed in grade 1.
It was followed by King Fahad Islamic primary school (Kampala), which had 98.1% of its 54 pupils passing in the first grade (see pages 4-5).
Other schools which had the highest number of pupils getting first grades in the two districts were St. Savio Kisubi Primary school (95.3%), Kampala Hill Academy, (95%), and Mother Manjeri - Bweyogerere (93.5%).
In Wakiso, the best school, Hope children's Centre, had 98% of all its 40 pupils passing in grade 1. The rest passed in second grade.
According to the results released by UNEB on Tuesday, the schools that topped in Kampala and Wakiso have relatively small classes and were mainly private.
The schools with big classes such as Kampala Parents School, St. Savio Kisubi and Gayaza Junior had more first grades, although with some of their candidates in other grades.
In 2008, Gayaza Junior emerged the best school in Wakiso district, with 86.7% of its candidates passing in first grade.
It was followed by St. Anthony Kajjansi with 81.5%, Mugwanya preparatory Kabojja 81.3% and Good Daddy Kireka 79.1%.
In district performance, Kampala was the best in the 2009, Wakiso took the third slot while Mbarara was second.
Of the 31,892 pupils in Wakiso, 15.3% got first grades. More 50.2% passed in second grade, 15.9% in third grade and 7.3% in the fourth.
There are 393 schools with UNEB examination centres in Wakiso district. A total of 112 schools in Wakiso failed to raise a first grade.
Wakiso district in central Uganda almost encircles Uganda's capital- Kampala; and has some of the best performing schools in the country. About 8.1% of its pupils failed, and 3.2% were not graded.
There are 26 schools in Kampala which did not have any pupil in the first grade.
The worst performer was the Uganda school for the deaf, followed by Nagalama primary school, Nakivubo Settlement primary, and Brilliant Chicks primary school.
The worst performing school in Wakiso was Busukuma Church of Uganda primary school. The best performers in the school, who constituted 44.8% of the 29 candidates, passed in the fourth grade.
It was followed by Bussi Modern Primary school, which had 64.3% of its 28 pupils failing.
Other worst schools were Nakedde primary school, Nakikungwe primary school and Kabagezi primary school.
Overall in the country, the performance of candidates last year was better than that of 2008; with a pass rate of 85.6% compared to 80.8% in 2008. This represents a 4.8% improvement.
Additional reporting by Florence Nakaayi, Herbert Ssempogo, Darious Magara and Juliet Lukwago