Opinion : The downfall of Uganda’s education system.
Uganda’s education system, where cram work is a technique to high grades.
We all have dreams, many of which we seriously intend to pursue and others that we take as a joke. Life, is full of unforeseen circumstances. Starting from childhood, our parents anticipate taking us to schools, starting with nursery section that lasts three straight years. This is a period where we learn a little English, pronunciation, and writing some few uncomplicated words like basket, pot. Then we hit the primary level that lasts 7 years, after which we graduate with a Primary Leaving Examination Certificate commonly known as P.L.E. Often at this stage, pupils are given a somewhat long holiday, where many either choose to gain other small certificates or decide to sit home and watch movies. Many take on the latter, which is typical of most Ugandans.
Then, there comes secondary which is divided into O and A level. In O’level, in most schools a total of 18 subjects are taught and 17 examined especially in lower O’level (S.1-S.2), after which they are given a chance to choose 2 or 3 of the subjects that are not compulsory so as to add on the 7 compulsory subjects namely, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History and English. This level is completed with the awarding of a Uganda Certificate of Education, hence forth a long holiday of about 3 months is given.
Then there comes A’ level which consists of two years, where students are supposed to take on 3 principal subjects of their choice followed by two compulsory subjects, namely, General Paper and Computer science/ Sub math’s. This level is completed with the awarding of the Uganda advanced Certificate of Education.
In total, this process to being a full undergraduate takes 16 straight years in Uganda. Unfortunately, after 16 years of study and toiling for success, one cannot acquire himself a decent job. Many have applied to supermarkets, petrol stations, schools, industries and companies, but most have been unconsidered. Not because they aren’t good enough but because, they are considered so theoretical and not practical. The world needs a generation of practical people. 16 years down the road, accomplished is only a basket of mostly irrelevant and time wasting lessons well crammed. Who is to blame? The teachers, the government or the education system put in place by the government. It’s so appalling that universities also focus more on theory than practical part.
Many unanswered questions everywhere. Even the people in power, our leaders, don’t trust the system, hence take their children abroad to study there. What should a poor peasant in Mbarara do if he can’t take his children to Malaysia or UK? We are simply living on the mercy of those that we gave power. The education system should be changed for the betterment of our country and the whole world at large…
For God and My Country.