Uganda bans entry exams to start primary school

|Source: Uganda Today|
Children at Busabala Primary School, Uganda. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud

Students starting grade 1 will no longer be required to take an entry exam in all public and private schools, announced the ministry of education. The directive ensued from a review meeting in Kampala, and it is an attempt to do away with a culture of excessive tests and examinations in lower grades in favor of one that favors building competencies in learning. The focus will now shifts to training nursery teachers to use better methods of instruction and assessment as part of a larger undertaking by the ministry of education to train teachers at all levels, thanks to a US$100 million grant provided by the Global Partnership for Education.

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