6,000 TEACHERS IN UGANDA TRAINED TO IMPROVE TEACHING OF SCIENCE IN HIGH SCHOOLS

KAMPALA, A total of 6,000 teachers in Uganda has so far been trained under the Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers' (SESEMAT) Programme since its initiation, says the technical administrator of SESEMAT at the Ministry of Education, Gerald Muguluma.

The government is focusing on improving the teaching and performance of science subjects at secondary school level, he says, adding: We have so far trained over 6,000 science and mathematics teachers, plus 300 trainers since the SESEMAT programme was established.

"The Government realised that there was need to change the attitude towards doing science subjects among students; that is why this programme was introduced."

He was speaking at the handover of a SESEMAT hostel at Kololo Secondary School here Sunday. The building cost 2.5 billion Uganda shillings (about 695,000 US dollars) and was funded by the Irish Government, through Irish-Aid.

Muguluma noted that since the SESEMAT programme was launched 12 years ago, there had been tremendous improvement in performance of sciences in secondary schools at all levels.

Before the introduction of SESEMAT, only 10 of every 100 students were passing sciences. Today, the passing number has risen to 45. Many students used drop sciences for arts subjects, especially the girls. Today, sciences are compulsory and more girls take on the subjects and perform better than boys at Advanced (pre-university) level, he said.

He said the hostel would be used by teachers and trainers. "The new hostel can accommodate over 140 teachers, Muguluma noted.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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