Arlington Academy of Hope: The scool year wraps up in Uganda
By MD - Executive Director
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). It is a difficult process, because so many families see the school as a way to give their children a future, and we can only take so many. 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 children in the new class already has sponsors lined up! There are still some unsponsored primary students, and a larger number of unsponsored secondary students who need sponsors to be able to stay in school. Many find sponsoring a child to be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience; we encourage you to visit www.aahuganda.org
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