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Six pupils miss PLE after failing to hire boat to island

The pupils failed to hire a boat to the island

The pupils failed to hire a boat to the island

The high cost of transport has dashed the hopes of at least six pupils who'd registered to sit for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) at St Mark primary school in Bussi island.

Bussi island is only about 10 kilometres from Entebbe town and at Bussi, Entebbe international airport remains within sight, and the skies above the island occasionally get noisy as planes land and fly out of Entebbe.

But despite the short distance, Bussi, home to a population of about 20,000, is one of the hard-to-access areas, because of inefficient means of transport. It can be reached within one hour by a simple wooden canoe from Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe.

Now URN has learnt that six out of the 123 pupils who had registered to sit for their PLE at one of the two schools on the island never turned up between November 2, the day of the briefing and November 6, when the final examination was held.

Michael Wataka, the head teacher of St Mark primary school says that the six pupils were all from Bishop Kawuma primary school, Zzinga, whose parents failed to raise transport fares for the children to cross from the island to the examination centre.

The other candidates at the centre came from the areas of Kavenyanja, Gulwe and Balabala. He says that pupils from the most distant islands needed at least Shs 60,000 to hire a boat to and fro the island.

Scovia Kayanja, the head teacher of Busi Junior school says that poor transport has been a major challenge for pupils over the years. She adds that this year, schools had planned to have the pupils at the centre early enough, which, however, didn't work with even the invigilators arriving late. 

The teachers are suggesting that UNEB accredits three more centres in the area to ensure that learners do not have to travel long distances to find a registered school.


+3 #1 Lakwena 2018-11-07 15:22
In other words, it is heartbreaking. If life and the future gets more precarious with the islanders' children who are stone throw away from Entebbe and the Capital Kampala; how about those in remote Kyalyamenvu Primary School.

Should the rest of Ugandans, whose children don't have to suffer such a scenario thank God, or curse him for being unfair, especially when on his watch; those who have more than they need take away even the little from the have not.
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+1 #2 Fuller 2018-11-07 18:39
Uganda's Despot-for-32-Years has promised a middle-class living for all by 2020. Is he talking about Kampala and his home?

Uganda's pupils missing their right to education is a disgrace when swindling-insiders of the corrupt regime are spending lavishly. They sell fish products profitably abroad but pay the islanders 50 cents for every 5,000 shillings received.

The shameless swindlers!

On the bright side, the clock is ticking faster -- by the day -- for the Despot to leave office (voluntarily) or be shown the door (rudely). Then re-building Uganda shall begin in earnest.
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+1 #3 Akot 2018-11-07 20:45
Lakwena, agreed, but,

Don't forget it's up to Ugandans to make their stand, as ONE people first to bring change, then go for the kind of governance they want!

Museveni has control of every thing:

- Ugandans are providing tax money in peace,
- there is no opposition to the demon who knows as long as the tribalistic system stands, he is safe in post.

Musevnei is there till he drops dead of old age in +30 years! Where else would the god prefer to be other than where he is?

Can you believe, D. Trump under whom USA economy makes Europe jealous, is in trouble & called a bad leader?
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+1 #4 rubangakene 2018-11-07 23:09
I think this is a question of lack of forward planning on the part of Ministry of Education; these things should been in the annual planning structure including daily travelling during rainy seasons on such canoes.

Something is definitely amiss in our education system. I wish we could have a strong and viable Chief Inspector of Schools like the late Mugooya, a person who "put teachers on their toes" and really inspired students with his fiery and booming sermons while visiting schools all over Uganda!
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