After nearly a decade at the top of the pack, closest competitors like Uganda Martyrs SS Namugongo, Seeta High School, Ntare School and King’s College Budo haven’t given up hope of leaping to the top too. They are well aware though, of the indomitable spirit at Kitende hill, off the Kampala-Entebbe highway.
However, there is some help from government. This is the first time in more than 20 years that all candidates who sat for the exams only did three principal subjects and two subsidiaries. Thus the maximum mark one can get will be three As and two points or about 20 points, rather than the 25 obtained last year.
Of concern to many will be the downward performance trend in science subjects over the last three years. Fewer students are enrolling for sciences at A-level – less than 20 per cent of the entire enrolment last year.
For the 2012 exams, whose results were released last year, 50 per cent of the 68,202 candidates who sat for Science subjects, including mathematics, failed to obtain a principal pass. Agriculture, the rock bed of the Ugandan economy, was the worst done subject with only 0.1 per cent of the total As attained.
The best performances have been in the arts, especially in History, Entrepreneurship, and Islamic Religious Education, although this is mainly in the privately-owned schools. However, government schools like Mbarara High School, Mengo Senior School, St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Namilyango College, Gombe Secondary School, and Kibuli Secondary School continue to outshine private schools in sciences.
The 2011 performance was similar, prompting Education Minister Jessica Alupo to call for more effort in teaching and enrollment in sciences.
Across the country, the central and western regions have been dominating with best performances. For the 2012 results, Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Mbarara, Mbale and Luweero were the best-performing districts. It will be interesting to see whether districts like Katakwi, Kotido, Kumi, Kaberamaido, Nakapiripirit, Bukwo, Amuru, Bududa, Bukedea, Amudat and Lamwo will improve on their dismal performance last year.
Source : The Observer