Over 38 Primary school head teachers in Lira district face demotion for failing to post first grades in the just released Primary Leaving Examinations results.
This is based on a performance agreement signed between the head teachers and the district authorities in 2012, requiring each school, to produce at least three candidates in Division I, each year.
Lira district has 94 government-aided primary schools. However, 38 of these posted poor results with no single candidate passing in Division I.
Results released by the Uganda National Examinations Board recently indicate that only 344 candidates passed in Division I, out of a total of 5,861 candidates examined from the district. Another 2,656 passed in Division II, 1,337 passed in Division III, 838 in Division IV and 628 pupils failed.
Although the performance indicates a slight improvement compared to last year, Lira district inspector of schools Jaspher Abura says a critical PLE performance audit is ongoing to ascertain the cause of poor performances.
Abura faulted both parents and teachers for the poor performances, citing negative attitude towards supporting of school going children.
Schools that did not register any pupil in Division I, includes; Apua, Odoro, Ayami, Walela, Okio, Ayile, and Acutkumu primary schools all in Aromo Sub County, Atimikoma, Alikpot, Olilo, Ororo,and Abongorwot primary schools in Agali, Lwala, Aler,and Okwaloamara P.7 schools in Ogur Sub County.
Others are Angolocom, Orit, Wigweng P.7 Schools in Agweng Sub County, Ayamo, Alebere, Ayel, Barr, Ayira, Opem, Ober, Ajia, Tetyang, Onywako, Atira, Agweng, Igony and Akalocero P.7 schools in Barr Sub County among others.