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Private Schools Explain Better Performance In PLE As Compared To Government Schools

Private schools performed better in the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) compared to the government institutions. This has been seen in the statistics released by theUganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).

The private schools attributed their better performance to the relationship and verbal performance contract signed with parents.

A colossal number of students from private schools beat their counterparts in government aided schools in the just released PLE.

UNEB statistics show that about 37,500 UPE students out of over 811,000 p7 candidates passed PLE in division1. This represents only 6.6% of the total number of those who did the exams.

However though, over 77,000 representing 31.4% of candidates in the private schools passed in the same division.

The Director communication Proprietors of Private Education Institutions Uganda, Christopher Kaweesa said they invest willingly and passionately in education. He revealed that for this reason they monitor and inspect the quality of education and teachers.

This apparently assists in ensuring that learners are academically progressing.

“Private schools have continuously performed better almost year in year out, and the only logic in it is that because of the investment we undertake, we kind of re-sign a verbal performance contract with the parents. Parents give us their children in trust that we have the capacity to make them progress academically. And even in terms of skills, you realize that again the private schools also perform much better, MDD, sports,” Mr. Kaweesa said in an interview.

Meanwhile, the technical advisor of Education Advocacy Network, Patrick Kaboyo highlighted the importance of cost sharing. He said this will be a key factor in ensuring that performance in UPE schools improves.

“It is high time cost sharing became a point of reality. Those who have performed of course, have had to look for the best teachers who they have to pay for extra work. But if parents are to benefit from the performance of their learners, there should be cost sharing. The honest discussion should come to accountability, support supervision,” Kaboyo said.

He also said appraisal is important though not too technical. However, it should handle the key issues of how teaching and learning is delivered in schools. Over 90,00p P7 candidates failed last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations.

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