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UPE bears more fruit
BY GEOFFREY MUTEGEKI
When Rita Namukose emerged the overall best performing student at Makerere University’s 70th graduation, few people knew that she was a product of Universal Primary Education (UPE).
Namukose, who attained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.92, sat her Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) at Kiwafu Primary School in Wakiso district in 2009. Another UPE product, Sarah Namayengo, emerged best student in science courses with a CGPA of 4.83 in bachelor of conservation forestry and product technology.
Namayengo sat her PLE at Kyagwe Road Primary School, a UPE school in 2009. In primary Namayengo scored aggregate 16, in O’level, she got aggregate 11 and pursued biology chemistry, math, and ICT plus General Paper, where she got 17 points, qualifying her for an automatic entry to Makerere on Government sponsorship.
The headteacher of Kiwafu Primary School, Rita Rose Namulumba, upon receiving the news, said the performance of Namukose encourages them to focus on performing their duties without hearkening to negative comments on UPE schools.
“This gives us more energy to teach, regardless of the negative comments people make about UPE schools’ performance. I encourage UPE headteachers not to be discouraged,” Namulumba said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STORY
Busitema carves niche in agriculture, technology, science
BY JACKY ACHAN
Since its establishment in 2007, Busitema University has become a significant player in the socio-economic transformation of Uganda.
The university carved its niche in agricultural sciences, agriculture mechanisation and agribusiness, bust also offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, diplomas and certificates in various science professions.
The teaching of agriculture-based programs and production of highly skilled graduates is fast improving the farming sector in the country, the senior assistant academic registrar for admissions, Ivan Mugabi Mugabi, says.
“Our graduates have done exceedingly well. Most districts have hired them as agricultural engineers,” Mugabi says.
Some of the graduates are also working in the banking sector as agriculture loan officers. In Uganda, agriculture employs about 69% of the population and contributed about 26% to the national GDP in 2015/16.
However, the sector is grappling with unpredictable weather, Mugabi says. To offset that challenge, Busitema University is producing irrigation engineers.
“Our graduate irrigation engineers are helping agricultural communities and this is boosting production as farmers do not have to wait for the rainy season to be productive,” he says. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STORY