The Kilak County Member of Parliament, Mr Gilbert Olanya, has threatened to sue the Uganda National Examination Board (Uneb) over what he called unfair thematic curriculum and automatic promotions at primary level.
Addressing journalists in Gulu Town on Monday, Mr Olanya said the thematic curriculum and automatic promotions in schools under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme, that were put in place by the government in 2007, have degraded the quality of education in rural areas and should be scrapped.
Thematic curriculum, centered on the interests and needs of children from Primary One to Primary Three, is planned to enhance early mastery of critical skills, particularly those of literacy (reading and writing) in the respective local languages of children.
In the UPE programme, all pupils are automatically promoted to another class despite their performance.
Mr Olanya said: “Our pupils in the region are half baked in English language as a result of the policies that have repeatedly left the region performing poorly at the national examinations.”
He added: “I and other MPs, are already making consultations with our lawyers, and drafting policies to be tabled at the Parliament. Failure by Uneb to scrap the policies, we shall be left with no choice but to drag them to courts of law.”
Speaking to Daily Monitor in a telephone interview, the Minister of Education and Sports, Ms Jessica Alupo, dismissed Mr Olanya’s claims, saying: “These initiatives are meant to improve on the quality of education at the UPE schools, but they will also best work when the district stakeholders play their roles in policy formulations.”
She added: “We have registered a tremendous educational improvement at primary levels ever since the initiatives were put in place by the government and we are looking forward to making more improvement through review policy makings.”
SOURCE: Daily Monitor