Juliet Namuddu, the Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] director of education, has called on parents to actively participate in ensuring that their children have enough sleep.
Primary school starts at 8am, nursery school at 8.30am, according to the Uganda National Examinations Board schools’ timetable.
According to Namuddu, parents should report schools that expect kids earlier than that set time.
“The new UNEB report is telling us that we have a big problem. It won’t go away just like that but we are committed,” she said.
This comes after a UNEB report, which indicated that 39% of Ugandan teachers can’t read or solve basic primary level mathematics.
The report revealed that 80% of primary teachers can’t read and count while 49.4% of Primary Teachers’ College [PTC] tutors are not proficient in English language.
Meanwhile, UNEB has released time tables for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
According to the timetables, Primary seven pupils will start with briefing on November 1 and sit for the exams on November 2 and 3.
A total of 640,690 pupils registered for the examinations, with 488,224 at government aided schools and 152,466 at private schools.
Senior four students will be briefed on Friday October 14 and start their exams on Monday October 17 with a Physics Practical.
They will end on November 23 with optional subjects; Music and technical drawing.
UNEB expects 323,233 students to sit for the exam at 3,454 centres.
Senior six students will be briefed on November 11, and start writing their exams on Monday November 14 until November 30.
A total of 104,315 registered for the exams at 2,076 centres.