Bukomansimbi Bans Automatic Promotion in UPE, USE Schools

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The head teachers claim that automatic promotion is one of the biggest problems they face at school because many parents only opt to send children at school during examinations because they are certain that they would pass automatically.


Bukomansimbi district has moved to block the automatic promotion of pupils in both the primary and secondary education cycle.
 
At the moment learners are promoted from one class to another irrespective of their grades in all government aided schools operating under Universal Primary and Universal Secondary education.

Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi district education officer says the district education committee and stakeholders have resolved to forbid automatic promotion as one of the measures to enhance education standards in the district.

 Last year, 2700 candidates sat for primary leaving examination-PLE in Bukomansimbi district. Out of these 167 of them passed in first grade, 1500 passed in division two, while 137 registered failures. Zziwa explains that all the failures were recorded in UPE schools.

A crisis meeting was then held with over 70 affected primary and secondary school heads, district leaders and other authorities in which head teachers were put to task to explain the persistent cause of failures in universal primary schools and secondary schools in the district.

The head teachers claim that automatic promotion is one of the biggest problems they face at school because many parents only opt to send children at school during examinations because they are certain that they would pass automatically.
 
Their Views were represented by Annet Nakato and Musa Wamala, the head teachers of Kikondeere primary school and Musa Wamala of Kayunga Muslim Primary school respectively.
 
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The meeting unanimously resolved to ban automatic promotion because it was cited as one of the causes of failures in the district.
 
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Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi District LC5 Chairman and Mukasa Kityo, the RDC have backed the ban. Mukasa Kityo observes that by introducing the policy government did not intend to promote mediocrity. Kateregga on the other hand says the policy was fanning failures.

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Bukomansimbi district has also formed a committee headed by DEO Patrick Zziwa, and Elizabeth Mbatudde, the Inspector of schools to implement the ban on automatic promotion in all the 70 primary schools and five secondary schools.
 
 
 
 

 

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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.