Busoga Kingdom’s bid to improve learning outcomes last week received a major boost with a Shs 36m donation.
This is after Chinese firm Huawei, in conjunction with the Chinese embassy, donated examination printing equipment worth $10,000 (Shs 36m) to Busoga Kingdom’s joint examinations board (BKJEB).
The equipment, including a laptop, two desktop computers, one printer and other assorted appliances will assist the Kingdom in preparing the region’s students to enhance skills in preparation of national examinations.
BKJEB was initiated by the Kyabazinga, William Wilberforce Gabula IV, with the aim of boosting the Kingdom’s education standards. He was on hand for the ceremonies held at the kingdom headquarters.
Receiving the equipment on behalf of the kingdom, the speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said the gesture would stop Busoga from lagging behind in national examinations as has been the case in the last three years.
“Of the ten worst performing districts in last year’s PLE, six were from Busoga, but I bet that with this uniform exam printing in all schools, students will get familiar with question approach and these failures shall be eliminated,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga further cautioned parents against failing to take their children to school on time to enable the pupils cover the entire syllabus.
“Our parents should play their roles by sending their children early enough to school so as to help them cover up the syllabus on time and spare third term for revision,” Kadaga added.
In his remarks, the Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang implored more Ugandans to embrace education in a bid to find solutions to world’s problems.
“I urge Ugandans to embrace education so as to find solutions to the world’s problems and make impossibilities more possible through innovation and research,” Zhung said.
Speaking for the kingdom, Busoga education minister, Abdul Latif Wangubo said that BKJEB would train teachers on assessment and marking.
“Some of our teachers set exams without following the right procedures, but with BKJEB, we will train our teachers on the right setting techniques that will help our pupils compete with those in other regions of the country,” Wangubo said.