Following the release of the UCE examination results, many parents are at pains to select the right schools to take their children for the A’ level.
Generally, the academic standard of a school may affect a student’s performance in national examinations in any given subject combination.
Some schools excel in teaching sciences and others in humanities/arts, but there are some schools which excel in teaching both sciences and arts
Schools, edge has carried out an analysis to establish which schools perform best in sciences and those that excel in arts disciplines. The analysis is based on the A’ level results released by UNEB last year.
According to the analysis, St. Mary’s SS Kitende, Seeta High (green Campus), Seeta High (mukono campus) and Namilyango college are the best at teaching A’ level.
For students seeking to do arts subjects combinations, Namagunga, Trinity College Nabbingo ,Kitende and Namagunga offer the excellent opportunities., according to the 2015 A’ level examinations results.
The ranking was based on the average percentage scores, scores at UACE range from A which weighs 6 to F which weighs zero points
Considering the average points scored in all science subjects in one given sitting of any class helps determine the best performing school. The higher the average points scored, the better the school stands in the ranking.
Head teachers and proprietors of the schools attribute their success to investments in instructional materials, hiring of committed teachers and hard work
Lawrence Mulindwa, the proprietor of St. Mary’s SS Kitende, which topped sciences last year, say: ‘’ it takes investment in good laboratories, good remuneration of teachers, hiring serous and committed staff to get results.’’
The Head teacher of Seeta High school (Green campus), obbo Allan Warayamo explains their success; ‘’ we first prepare the mindset of the teacher and later expect them to prepare the students for the science subjects, depending on ones’ mindset,’’
He also says students are expected to research on their own, on every topic.
Martin Muyingo, the head teacher of Makerere college, one of the schools that perform well in sciences says, says: ‘’we devote our attention to the use of locally available materials to teach sciences, which makes teaching easier.’’
He also sites the benefits of the secondary science education and mathematics teachers (SESMAT) programme. Muyingo who is the chairperson of SESMAT in Kampala, says the programmer’s training schemes have improved the teaching of sciences.
“We also use cyber technology, a system which was instituted by the education ministry. Students make use of videos, in addition to practical and theory, to study,’’ Makerere college’s head adds.
Ronald Ddungu, the deputy head teacher of Gayaza High school, which was one of the best schools in arts, say: ‘’ we endeavor to teach the entire syllabus and even go beyond its normal coverage to the real application of the knowledge obtained.’’
‘’we always try to relate class work to real life. This not only motivates our students, but also helps them master the concepts,’’ Ddungu added.
Subject combination selection
As a parent, it’s important to ascertain whether your child has the right subject combination
Parents, caretakers at school at school and the students themselves must pay serious consideration to the choice of the subject combination.
Students’ interests and ability, educationists argue, play one of the biggest roles in this case. One may be good at science subjects, yet has more interest in arts subjects. In this case, career experts argue that a child should be left to follow what they want.
There is a standard procedure for all students when selecting a subject combination.
“This is a decision which will have to be taken by every student, with the guidance of teachers and parents, where need be, when results for s.4 are released, ’says Muyingo.
‘’subject combinations,’’ he explains, ‘’help determine the courses a student will be able to apply for in higher institutions of learning.’’
All students now offer a maximum of three principle subjects in any given subject combination: one subsidiary and then general paper. This will form the basis for admission at the university
Students doing science combinations or combinations having economics must do sub-math as a subsidiary. However, those doing mathematics are exempted from doing sub-math
The state minister for higher education, Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, says no student is allowed to do a subject combination that is not prescribed by the curriculum experts.. If a student is doing any arts combination, he or she must do Information, communication and technology.