- Over 2400 candidates registered to sit the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations in Maracha District
- Head teachers mostly plays the administrative role
- PLE results recorded in West Nile region have remained wanting over the years and stake holders still struggle to find lasting solutions to fix the problem
- In 2017, Maracha district presented over 2000 candidates for Primary Leaving Examinations but only less than thirty of these passed in first grade
By Atiku Robert
Maracha. The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) has said he will sanction teachers whose schools did not perform well in Primary Leaving Examinations.
Today, Uganda National Examinations Board released the 2018 PLE results with the district still not performing well.
Every year, the release of the results is usually followed by Education stake holders in West Nile region accusing each other for the comparatively poor performance of most candidates within the region.
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Maracha District, Mr Stephen Edema has threatened to reward and sanction primary school head teachers and teachers over the PLE results.
“If you are a head teacher, pray very hard that your school is not the worst (performed) and if you are a teacher, pray hard that your subject is not the worst (performed). Because there will be rewards and sanctions after the results are out. We shall reward the best and punish the worst.”
The Deputy CAO was however not clear on what kind of sanctions will be preferred against the allegedly poor performing teachers.
According to Mr Keffa Draku Anguandia the District Inspector of Schools, although good performance requires concerted efforts from all stake holders, teachers have a bigger role to play in improving results of candidates.
“A greater proportion of the blame goes to teachers because the teacher directly deals with the learner every day during the learning hours. And the teacher is supervised by the head teacher. A good head teacher promotes good academic performance in a school. Without the Head teacher’s effort, the school’s performance will be in vain,” Mr Draku said.
However, Mr Robinson Anguyo, the Head teacher of Kijomoro Primary School argued that, it is unfair to solely blame the teachers for the poor results usually recorded within the region.
Mr John Mawa the School Management Committee chairman of Nyarakua Primary School in Oleba sub county suggests that a lot of considerations must be made before the rewards and sanctions are implemented.
“Improving performance is not a one day or one year affair. We need to consider how long a teacher has been in a particular school. Good performance requires the input of many stakeholders. So therefore, just to demote or punish the headteacher and the teachers could not be the case,” Mr Mawa said.
Ms Phiona Mungueconi a P. 7 vacist from Oliapi Primary school in Tara subcounty Maracha district said, “The reason why we fail in school is that many pupils fair to approach teachers for additional assistance and others don’t participate in lessons. Some of our colleagues don’t even attend discussions and neither do they revise their notes.