In the recent Primary Leaving Mock Examinations administered by the Lira City Council Examination Board, a total of 461 Primary Seven candidates did not pass.
These examinations were taken by 5,593 candidates from public and private primary schools in Lira.
The results, which were disclosed on Friday, revealed that 8.24 percent of the candidates failed.
Breaking down the successful candidates, 1,078 students achieved a first-grade score, while 1,802 earned a second-grade score.
Additionally, 991 candidates secured a third-grade score, 1,042 attained a fourth-grade score, and 212 candidates ended up with a Division X result.
This performance is considered an improvement from the previous year, during which 857 candidates, accounting for 15.7 percent, could not pass the exam.
Notably, the subjects with the highest scores were integrated science, English language, Social Studies, and Mathematics.
Tom Okwir, the Secretary of the Lira City Primary Schools Examination Board, attributed the outcome to the candidates’ difficulty in comprehending the questions.
He also expressed concern that some candidates were still struggling to remember their own names and index numbers, which led to confusion among examiners when recording their marks.
However, Daniel Okello, the Chairperson of the Lira City Council Basic Education Headteacher’s Association (LCC-BEHTA), encouraged the headteachers to use the mock exam results as a basis for coaching the candidates in order to achieve better outcomes in the final exams.
Jasper Abura, the Lira City Education Officer, emphasized that the key to reducing failures in the final exams is to guide the learners by addressing the mistakes made in the mock exams.
Consequently, the city has arranged a week-long “Operation Catch-Up” learning camp for all candidates to attend during the holidays.
Meanwhile, Sam Atul, the Mayor of Lira City, called upon the headteachers to assist in preparing the candidates, highlighting that they represent the future not only of the city but also of Uganda as a whole.
This year’s Mock exam included participation from 89 primary schools within and beyond the city council, marking an increase from the previous year’s 79 registered schools for the same exam.