The recruitment is meant to solve the existing challenge of low staffing in schools
PIC: Dan Odongo, the UNEB executive secretary delivering a speech before the release of UCE results. (Credit: Wilson Manishimwe)
KAMPALA- The Government is set to recruit 2,000 teachers in a bid to solve the existing challenge of low staffing in schools countrywide.
The development was announced by Chrysestom Muyingo, the state minister for higher education during the release of 2017 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exam results at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Muyingo, who represented the education minister, Janet Kataha Museveni, said the government acknowledges the fact that there are inadequate teachers, especially for sciences in secondary school, but that the challenge will soon be a history.
Dan Odongo, the executive secretary for the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), said the the number of candidates increased by 2,936 (0.9%) from 323,276 in 2016 to 326,212 in 2017.
“The gap between the female and male candidates has continued to reduce towards parity with the former constituting 165,434 (50.7%) and the latter, 160,778 (49.3%). In tandem with the 2017 theme, all the candidates were registered through the e-registration process. Candidates were registered from 3,332 examination centres,” Odongo said.
Odongo added that absenteeism of candidates dropped to below 2%, but slightly more boys were absent at 1.9 and 1.8% respectively. He said 357 special needs education candidates registered for the 2018 UCE exams.
“These consisted of the visually impaired (31), those with low vision (82), those with a hearing impairment (61), the dyslexics (31) and physically handicapped (79). There were 73 others with other forms of disability that needed extra time,” Odongo said.
Prof. Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson, said there was an improvement of in students’ performance compared to 2016 with the average passing in division one at nearly 10% from 7.5 in the year 2016.
“There is also a reduction in the failure rate from 13% in 2016 to 8.9% in 2017. However, a high percentage of candidates (41.8%) are passing at the minimum of division four,” she noted.