By Vision Reporters
It is merry in many schools and homes as several youths celebrate their excellent performance in last year’s national Advanced level national exams.
Since Thursday when results were released many of them have given their winning testimonies to our staff.
Never minimize even the minute
18-year old Laila Nagadya, a daughter to Charles Kiiza was very happy to get 18 points in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations (UACE) she sat at St. Mary’s Kitende.
Laila, who did History, Economics and Geography got ABB, attributes all her success to the founder of her former school, Lawrence Mulindwa , who always advised them that they can get whatever they want if they put all their efforts in what they did, never minimizing even a minute.
Being the second in a family of only three girls, each one of them always wanted to prove that she could do better than her siblings.
Laila’s goal is to be a professional accountant, saying this was exhibited in the studies, being very principled leaving no chances at her work.
She advised those about to sit for UACE not to be selfish to fellow students, respect all people however 'small' or not as clever, saying such a student may be of much help in success.
“Always work in teams and involve your teachers for better grades,” she said.
Ssekitto wants civil engineering
John Rogers Ssekitto, one of the best students from Seeta High School, wants to contribute to the attainment of Uganda’s Vision 2040.
Ssekitto scored 20 points in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and IT, and is eyeing civil engineering at Makerere University.
But all has not been easy sailing for Ssekitto. At one time, his father Silver Ggingo a farmer in Kiwafu, in Entebbe could not afford the fees at Seeta.
As a result, Ssekitto had to change schools from Seeta High to the less prestigious Nkumba Secondary School. But later on when some money was secured, Ssekitto returned to Seeta.
He is the first born of three. One of his siblings is in primary six at Queens Nursery and Primary School in Entebbe while another one is in senior four at St. Lucia SS Namagoma.
“I like the way technology is advancing and by 2040, Uganda will be ready and I will contribute to development,” he said.
At school, his teachers and his father had hope in him and he did not want to disappoint. This motivated Ssekitto to perform well and he has not disappointed.
“I used to read overnight. I was on pressure and I kept working hard. Dad also kept on telling me to go to school and read hard,” said Ssekitto.
His friend in class, Samuel Mukisa, scored 18 points, while another friend Isaac Mukubirwa also scored 20 points.
Commitment did it for us
Esther Furaha and Elizabeth Amanya both from St Peter's Naalya are happy that their efforts to succeed in last year’s UACE have paid off.
Furaha scored 3CAC3 in Divinity, Economics, Literature in English and Sub-maths while Amanya got 46ABB in History, Economics, Literature in English and sub-maths.
For them last year’s UACE was just like any other examinations, but the only difference was that they were national.
“As such expectations were high and frequent group discussions did it for us. I knew both of us would perform well,”Amanya said.
Amanya and Furaha want to pursue Mass Communication and Human Resource Management from Makerere University respectively.
Wants to venture in new field
Victoria Nalwoga is a Gayaza academic giant. She scored 20 points despite her earlier poor performance in the mock exams where she got 7 points in Physics, Economics, Mathematics and IT.
She reveals that she reduced on her sleep and increased her discussion routine which has paid off.
“I was amazed when I got 20 points,” she explains. “It’s something I did not believe given the hard time physics and economics gave me.”
Nalwoga wants to pursue petroleum engineering at Makerere University.
“I want to adventure in new a field and petroleum offers this opportunity,” she argues. “The good thing is that my parents allow me to make a choice.”
Compiled by Tony Rujuta, Edward Anyoli, Raymond Baguma and Christopher Bendana