We are in that season when we celebrate results from last year’s national Primary Leaving Examinations, as they are released by Uganda National Examinations Board. And at Jolly Mercy Learning Centre, the celebrations are still on and being used to motivate this year’s candidates.
“We had had 12 pupils of JMLC sit for Primary Leaving Examinations last year. Of these, 5 passed in first grade, while the remaining 7 passed in second grade,” discloses teacher Martin. Martin is the P.7 class teacher. Martin adds that the best performed subject was English followed by Social Studies. This has inspired the staff and pupils to work hard and get more first grades with this year’s candidate class.
This year, JMLC has 19 children in P.7. Out of these, 11 are girls and 8 boys. Martin predicts at least 10 first grades. Most of these candidates are in the boarding section of JMLC, with a few day scholars. “We have always worked hard to improving PLE performance over the last years, and surely Martin’s prediction is within our progressive target range,” concurs, Dr. James.
JMLC boosts as a fully registered primary school with the Ministry of Education and Sports, and with its own Uganda National Examination Board centre number. “Some schools without centre numbers always request us to have their candidates sit for the examinations at our school,” James adds. “For instance, whereas last year 30 candidates sat their exams here, those for JMLC were 12,” he concludes.
JMLC pledges to nurture children as they ‘Grow in Grace and Knowledge’.