A government-aided school in Hoima City initially had four pupils in Primary Seven at the beginning of the year. However, three pupils left the school during the year, leaving only one candidate, Kenneth Wembabazi, for the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) next week.
The school’s head, Mr. Joseph Bahemuka, expressed concern about the departures, highlighting the importance of having at least one registered candidate for PLE.
To maintain their Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) center number, the school needed a minimum of 15 candidates.
Since they fell below this threshold, Mr. Bahemuka approached neighboring schools and registered 44 candidates under his school’s center number, with only one coming from his school.
Wembabazi has been studying independently or with Primary Six pupils, and all candidates will sit the PLE at a nearby school due to a lack of suitable facilities at their own school.
The school has six government-paid teachers and one privately paid teacher, but they require two additional teachers to cover all subjects.
Declining enrollment is attributed to early marriages and competition from private schools in the area, which attract the brightest pupils as they advance to upper classes.