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What are the decade’s best O’level schools?

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Added 23rd January 2019 12:35 AM

The analysis shows that a good number of single sex schools, especially those for boys, are dominating the top performing schools in the country

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The analysis shows that a good number of single sex schools, especially those for boys, are dominating the top performing schools in the country

By Conan Businge

Following the release of Primary Seven results, it must be one of the trickiest moments for parents to determine the best choice of a school for their child.

To simplify this for you, we have an analysis that ranks schools on the basis of their academic performance in the last 10 years. Mt St Mary’s Namagunga, Namugongo SS, St Mary’s Kitende and St Mary’s College Kisubi are the country’s best performing O’level schools going by the percentage of students who have been passing in Division One over the years.

The other schools, in the same order of the best schools are, St Henry’s College Kitovu, Namilyango High School, Gayaza High School, Ntare School, King’s College Budo, St Joseph’s Girls Nsambya, Seeta High (Mukono) and the Academy of St Lawrence- Budo. These schools have also had the highest number of students admitted to university.

There is a correlation between O’level and A’level performance. The analysis captures the average percentage score of each school’s performance in Division One in the last 10 years. However, schools with the lowest score were omitted from the list. This analysis is vital for any parent when making a choice of schools basing on the academic performance.

However, a parent also has to pay attention to the other factors such as tuition fees, religious foundation of the school, level of discipline, management and proximity, among others, when choosing a school. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STORY 


How to calculate your child’s scores at A’level

By Conan Businge

About five years ago, the education ministry issued a policy guidelines requiring all students to reduce the principal subjects from four to three. This is on top of one subsidiary and General Paper. This forms a basis for admission to universities; at a maximum of 20 points and no longer 25.

But before students get admitted to universities, they must start working to earn grades that can get them into university in Senior Five. The change in policy originated from the A’level change of subject combinations, a couple of years ago. Unlike in the past where subjects taken at A’level were grouped into four, universities now group them in three categories, during admission.

In the past, the university admission board would consider essential, relevant, desirable as well as other categories when weighting points for admission into public universities. However, the ‘others’ category has been dropped in the new public universities admissions guidelines.

Students are now admitted to universities after A’level, on the basis of a maximum score of 20 points. This includes a maximum six points for each of the three subjects, one point for General Paper and the point for submaths or IT, as a subsidiary. CLICK HERE  FOR MORE ON THIS STORY 

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