Fifty one percent of the primary seven candidates who sat for the Mock examinations in Soroti district failed their examinations.
Results released by Soroti District Education office on Thursday last week indicate that only 107 candidates out of the 4,139 who sat for the mock examinations passed in Division One, 315 Division two, 215 division three and 1,249 were in division four.
2,126 candidates totally failed the mock exams as they didn’t pass any subject while 137 others didn’t write the examinations. In 2013, 147 candidates passed their mock examinations in division one compared to 107 this year.
Everest Okello, the Soroti District Education Officer says majority of the candidates who passed in division one are from Teso Boarding and Kings Kids Nursery and Primary boarding school, both private schools.
He attributes the poor performance to the failure by candidates to read the instructions on the question papers, which he blames on the implementation of the thematic curriculum.
Under the thematic curriculum, pupils from primary one to four study in vernacular. Okello says Katine and Tubur sub counties registered the worst performance as they didn’t get any candidate in division one.
There are 12 examinations centers in Katine sub county and eight in Tubur sub county. He says Gweri sub county had the highest number of failures with 432 candidates.
Some of the schools, which didn’t register any candidate in division one are Tubur , Abeko, Amoroto, Awaliwal, Otatai, Omodoi, Aminit, Agama, Aboket, Kamuda, Merok, Katine, Adamasiko, Opuyo and Owalei among others.
John Stephen Egabu, the chairperson Soroti district Academic Board says the worst done subject was English..
Samson Ocung, the head teacher Olio-Kamuda primary school, blames the poor performance on lack of motivation from Parents. Ocung also says most candidates are not used to spoken English and the answered mock examinations in Kumam and Ateso .