The cost to Government in paying a living wage is out of the picture for the fore seeable future. However, the Government of Uganda can help schools maintain quality education by venturing into a project that will see teachers who excel at specific topics have their lectures recorded and produced on DVDs and VCDs such that schools and interested parties can acquire these DVDs and VCDs for the benefit of the children/learners. This project is expensive but has the ability to produce the right approved material, get good teachers who can disseminate the lessons and it is possible to pay teachers for hours when they would perform the role of facilitators as the recorded lessons would go a long way in easing their work load.
When one views/listens to the VCD which is on the back page of the Uganda IDEA Final Report 2004, “Building Foundations for Agribusiness,” one finds that developing lectures in a recorded format across the board can be a great advantage in boosting the quality of material disseminated to the children/students and can help in giving uniform content as well as a measure which if instituted can get teachers to perform the role of facilitators just to help children/students better understand hence could be a strategy to see to reduced burden to the teachers, improved academic execellence.
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
STUDENTS PERFORM POORLY IN SCIENCE SUBJECTS AGAIN
Mr Bukenya hands over the UCE results to Ms Alupo in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO KASAMANI ISAAC.
By SHEILA NATURINDA
Posted Thursday, February 9 2012 at 00:00
At least 6,339 registered candidates did not turn up for the examinations. Nearly three quarters of the candidates did not pass Chemistry and Biology according to Uneb boss Mathew Bukenya.
Science subjects remain the Achilles’ heel of Uganda’s education even as more efforts
are put into promotion of the academic field.
Results for the 2011 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination released yesterday indicate that sciences continued to be poorly performed compared to the arts although overall an improvement in performance was registered.
In the UCE results released yesterday by Education Minister Jessica Alupo, poor performance was registered in Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Accounts.
Uneb Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya said performance improved by 2.3 per cent while overall failure rate dropped from 6.4 to 4.2 per cent.
“Nearly three quarters of the candidates didn’t pass Chemistry and Biology,” Mr Bukenya said. He observed that while marking the exams, evidence pointed to candidates failure to finish subject syllabus and lack of practical knowledge for scientific experiments.
While many private schools have no laboratories at all, some have laboratories without the necessary equipment. Government schools that have both laboratories and equipment were found not to have utilised them As a result, many students met the scientific experiments for the first time in the examination.