A list of students who successfully passed Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations last year and are to be sponsored in universities by government for academic year 2019/2020, shows St. Marys’ SS Kitente and Uganda Martyrs Namugongo dominating the sponsorship.
According to the analysis of the list, St. Marys’ SS Kitente and Uganda Martyrs Namugongo who had 498 students and 363 students sit for A level last year, have been awarded 184 and 111 scholarships respectively, by government.
Mengo SS, Gombe SS and King’s College Budo follow with 71, 63 and 62 sponsored students respectively.
No school outside of the central region (Buganda) is in top 10 secondary schools that government awarded sponsorship for students going to universities for academic year 2019/2020.
According to the list, over 120 secondary schools will each have one student being sponsored by government, following the poor performance of the schools during last years A ‘level examinations.
Eastern and Northern Uganda are the worst performing regions, with Iganga Secondary Schools only managing to get 18 sponsorships from government. Mbale Secondary School and Jinja Progressive Secondary School Annex would each manage to get 14 sponsorship from government to be in the top 46. Pope John Paul II College, Gulu could only manage to receive two sponsorships to top hat district. Mentor SS in Lira also got 2 sponsorships to top its peers in that district. In West Nile region, Muni Girls SS and St. Josephs College, Ombac all in Arua each managed to get one student to be sponsored by government.
The Eastern and Northern regions have consistently performed poorly in national examinations in the recent years.