3000 Fail Soroti Primary Schools Mock Examinations

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A total 4,815 candidates from 113 primary schools sat for Soroti district mock examinations 2013. Of these, 3,247 got division U, meaning they scored aggregate 36 after failing all the four subjects—English, Basic Science, Mathematics and Social Studies. At least 250 pupils never appeared for the mock examinations.

Over of 3000 candidates who sat for primary seven Mock examinations in Soroti district have failed, raising fears about their level of preparedness to sit for the Primary leaving Examinations (PLE) in October.
 
A total 4,815 candidates from 113 primary schools sat for Soroti district mock examinations 2013. Of these, 3,247 got division U, meaning they scored aggregate 36 after failing all the four subjects—English, Basic Science, Mathematics and Social Studies. At least 250 pupils never appeared for the mock examinations.

Results released by the district education office indicate that only 147 candidates passed Division One, 366 in division two, while division three and four registered 260 and 545 candidates respectively.

Majority of those who passed in Division one came from two private schools, with Teso Boarding School having 73 in division one while Kings Kids got 49.

Eleven government primary schools produced only 25 pupils in division one while the rest had no candidate in division one.

Everest Okello, Soroti district Education Officer attributed the dismal performance to inability to read and understand English on the part of the pupils.

Okello, who handed over the mock results to the head teachers on Thursday, also blamed it on what he called irrational recruitment of teachers during the time of armed insurgency in Teso. In June 2003, rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army invaded several parts of Teso and displaced more than 500,000 people before the rebels were driven out a year later.
 
The DEO also noted that some teachers cannot speak and express themselves in English properly.

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Simon Peter Aromait, the district secretary in charge mock examinations, told Uganda Radio Network that the worst done subject was English and mathematics.

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Samson Ocung, the head teacher Olio-Kamuda primary school, blamed the poor performance on lack of accommodation for teachers in schools. He says teachers have to trek long distances every day making them to report late and leave school early.

Ocung also cited lack of provision of lunch for both teachers and pupils as another factor responsible for poor performance.

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About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.