Parents in Kabale district are calling for an end to the automatic promotion of learners in government primary and secondary schools.
They argue that the policy has led to a drastic decline in education standards across the country because many children are promoted to higher classes, regardless of the inability to read and comprehend English language and solve simple numeracy equations.
Peace Mworozi, a parent from Kigata Primary School in Kyanamira Sub County says that automatic promotion undermines the objectives of education as a catalyst for eliminating poverty and illiteracy in the country.
Alex Kamusiime, the chairperson of the Board of Governors at Canaan High Primary School in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality says the policy is hurting pupils whose time in school is wasted without guiding them to acquire the necessary competencies.
Oscar Ainebyoona, another parent at Kabale Parents Primary school says that schools are now producing half based citizens as a result of the automatic promotion policy. Ainebyoona also says that such a policy is an indication that Universal Primary and Secondary Education are useless.
However, Kabale District Senior Inspector of Schools Moses Bwengye says that the policy has been misinterpreted. Bwengye says that often, pupils are advised to repeat classes, on the basis of a mutual agreement between parents and teachers.
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