Education authorities in Ntungamo District have decried increased cases of primary seven candidates who failed to turn up to sit for their final exams slated for 30th and 31st of this month.
This was revealed on Thursday by Bahati Fred the Ntungamo District Inspector of schools while releasing the 2020 pre- primary leaving examination results (Pre-PLE) in the district council Hall.
According to Bahati a big number of UNEB registered P7 candidates did not turn up for Pre-PLE examinations especially in government aided primary schools which is a matter of concern because they may be at home or they could have been married off by their parents.
He noted that out of 10,521 candidates who were registered to sit for 2020 PLE in Ntungamo district, at least 324(3%) candidates did not show up for pre-PLE, 1580 (14.50%) candidates failed and 24 (0.22%) candidates did not finish exams.
Bahati directed all education stakeholders to jointly team up and hunt down the registered candidates that could have left the schools and be compelled to sit for 2020 PLE.
“I appeal to all stakeholders and the security agencies to intensify the crackdown and apprehend the parents of the children and the employers who will be found employing school going children” he said.
Bahati said that the most schools affected are Nyakayenje PS in Ihunga Sub County where 15 dropped out, Rutahweire PS in Kagarama TC 10, Kirama PS in Nyabihoko SC 13, Kitojo Model PS Bwongyera 18, Kibatsi SDA 18, Kyaruhuuga PS 26, Butatuurwa PS 33, Kyoruhega PS 39, Kayanga PS 31, Kigomero PS 31, Murambi I PS 33 left among others.
The performance by counties in Division one Ruhaama Main came first with 15.70% followed by Rushenyi with 14.20%, Kajara in third position with 12% and Ruhaama East trailer with 10.30%.
The Resident District Commissioner Ntungamo George Bakunda appealed to the Head teachers and teachers to double their effort in order to recover the lost time during the school shutdown expressing worry that the number of un graded candidates might this time double the successes in PLE.
Bakunda also warned schools against allowing non sub candidates in schools saying that it is prohibited and whoever does will be arrested.