Kaputa , January 20, 2014—The Office of the District Education Board
Secretary (DEBS) in Kaputa has expressed worry at the continued poor
results recorded at grade nine in the district.
Acting Kaputa DEBS, Richard Simuchimba said the district has in the
last two years recorded the least results at grade nine coming last in
the province and second from the bottom in the country.
Mr. Simuchimba said the trend is worrying for a district like Kaputa and
attributed this to the low literacy levels, and lack of monitoring at
both the district and school levels.
He said the district has recorded a 45 percent pass rate which is too low by
any standards but explained that the district has developed some
initiative aimed at mitigating the challenges.
Mr. Simuchimba who is also the District Education Standard Officer
(DESO) said this in an interview with ZANIS in Kaputa today.
He explained that among the initiatives the district has taken to
address the problem is introduction of literacy programmes, intensify
the monitoring of schools and orients teachers to modern teaching
He added that the DEBS will also look at ways of equipping schools
with adequate staffing levels to improve pupil-teacher interaction.
Mr. Simuchimba said the board will also engage parents through the Parents
Teachers Association (PTA) to ensure that the programme which is
aimed at improving school results succeeds.
The cut off point for Kaputa district was 330 for girls, and 342 for boys.