Jinja starts drive to improve PLE results

JINJA- Authorities in Jinja have launched a campaign that seeks to stem out poor performance in the district’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

In 2013, Jinja was among the worst performing districts registering only 612 first grades out of the 9,400 pupils who sat the exams. 1,300 failed completely.

The campaign codenamed “Academic Improvement Programme” was launched at the weekend during a workshop for directors of private schools and head teachers of government aided primary schools in Jinja.

Jinja District Inspector of Schools Paul Baliraine said the campaign will help end the blame game over continued declined performance in PLE.

“While teachers blamed parents for failure to feed children and provide scholastic materials, parents accuse teachers of lack of necessary skills to make pupils pass,” Mr Baliraine said. Following the needs assessment, he said, the department employed the services of Victoria Education Consultants to come up with solutions to the problem.

Under the programme, Mr Baliraine said, the office of the Resident District Commissioner will take the lead in sensitising parents on what they have to do in order to facilitate their children’s learning.

Every school has been given a minimum target of at least one first grade in this year’s PLE short of which the head teacher will be penalised.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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