In Uganda, the primary and secondary school year starts in Jan/Feb and has three terms. The school year has just wrapped up. Students in several grades are anxiously awaiting the results of national standardized testing. For example, students in 7th grade recently took the all-important Primary Leaving Exam or PLE to determine whether they can continue on to secondary school. Scores are grouped into four divisions, and these scores determine which schools students can get into. Almost all secondary schools are boarding schools, so ti is a very big step for poor children from the village, going away to school. We try and prepare the students through counseling and mentoring, to help them succeed in secondary school.
Students in the fourth grade of secondary school (S4) take exams as well, and those in the the sixth and last year of secondary (S6) have taken exams which will determine if they get into university and where.
Our pioneer class has finished the first semester of university.
Nevertheless, there's activity at our school in Bududa. Tutoring is offered for students needing a bit of extra help. The library is being utilized. And computer classes have been offered in our modest computer lab. Finally, there was a high volume of applicants to consider for our new first grade class (P1). After carefully reviewing and interviewing all, the new incoming class has been chosen! We are excited to greet the 51 beaming new faces next month! Thanks to the help of donors, some of the new class already has sponsors lined up! We still have some unsponsored primary students and a larger number of secondary students who need sponsors to stay in school. Many donors find sponsorship a very rewarding experience, as it put you in touch over the years with someone whose life you are changing. If you are interested in sponsoring a child and need more information, please see www.aahuganda.org