New Vision (Kampala)

13 November 2012

Uganda: Govt to Introduce Nursery Sections in UPE Schools

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Pupils from Aga Khan Primary School.

The State Minister for Youth and children Ronald Kibuule has said government is contemplating introducing nursery sections in schools under the Universal Primary Education (UPE).

Kibuule said the move will help to reduce the high school dropout under the UPE programme.

He noted that children who join school at nursery level are quick at grasping what they are taught in class and enjoy being at school than those who go straight to P.1.

"Many UPE schools admit children above six years of age in P.1 and when they find what is taught to them in class hard, they run away from school," he said.

A recent report from the Ministry of Education indicated a 71% school dropout under the UPE programme.

Currently, UPE schools have no nursery sections and admit children who are as old as 15-years in P.1.

Kibuule made the remarks on Saturday while officiating at the nursery section extravaganza for Global Junior School in Mukono District.

He also disclosed that government was considering introducing patriotism lessons in primary schools. At the moment, the lessons are only in secondary schools.

"We have found it more effective to teach patriotism in primary schools than in secondary schools where students give more attention to studies," Kibuule said.

He added that the lessons in primary schools will give an opportunity to school dropouts at that level to learn about their country and why they should love it.

The minister also tasked teachers in primary schools to give career guidance to pupils to enable them make informed decisions on which course to offer in future.

On graduates seated at home without jobs, Kibuule advised them to go back to vocational institutes for skills. He noted that Uganda had more opportunities for graduates with vocational skills than those without.

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