PLE star pupils in Ibanda stuck, no money for secondary

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Best Primary Seven performers in Ibanda district are stranded with good results but not money to push to another level of education.

Pupils who scored eight [8] aggregates in four [4] subjects in 2018 Primary Leaving Exams [PLE] in Ibanda District are stranded with their results.

Alfred Ainemaani of Rwenkobwa Muslim Primary school who scored eight aggregates told our reporter that he is praying to God to pave a way on where for him.

Ainemaani comes from a poor and needy family. His mother doesn’t have a single coin to take him even to a Universal Secondary Education [USE] School.

He is requesting the public to come up and help him.

“I got 2 aggregates in every subject. I need help to join secondary school,” Ainemaani said.

In follow-up to Universal Primary Education (UPE), the Government of Uganda introduced in 2007 its Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy in order to increase access to quality secondary education for economically vulnerable families.

The government pays the schools an annual grant of up to UShs 141,000 per student, spread over three school terms.

Parents, though, have to provide the students’ uniform, stationery and meals.

Robert Gumisiriza, the head teacher Rwenkobwa Muslim Primary School, told our reporter that the two pupils who topped Rwenkobwa Town council in PLE results, Alfred Ainemaani and Vicent Tumwebaze, are now stuck.

Gumisiriza added that as a school, they have been facilitating them with basic needs and building fund.

He appealed to all good Samaritans to step in.

As early as 2013, a proposal was weighed by the Education and Sports Minister to scrap Primary Leaving Exams [PLE] in quest for a holistic education system.

This is expected to impart better skills and competence in a pupil. Education experts in Ibanda have since thrown the weight behind the proposal.

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