If you were to ask any child in Uganda if they would prefer to go to boarding school or day school, the answer would almost always come back as boarding school. In Ugandan boarding schools, children are provided with a much better education, as students get to fully concentrate on their studies and receive extra classes in the evenings. It is hard to be a teacher in Uganda, as you are faced with such large class sizes and poor resources that it is incredibly difficult for you to give one-to-one attention to those students who need it most. When the day-school students go home after classes, the teachers are at last able to work on a more individual basis with the boarders. That is why at Wide Smiles for All Through Education we try to enroll most of our children on our program to boarding schools, where they will receive the best education that they can get. They have been through so much already in their short lives that we want to give them the best chance possible to move forward and to shape their future for themselves.
Children in Primary school take four traditional subjects, English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies. S.S.T is a subject that includes Geography, History and Religious Studies. There is also the option of taking Agriculture as a fifth subject, depending on whether the school provides this option or not. They are examined at the end of every term in each of these subjects.
Grade system for primary school:
Distinction = 80 -100 %
Credit = 50 -79%
Pass = 30 - 490%
Fail = 0 - 29%
Children in secondary school take a wide variety of subjects with English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as mandatory.
For each subject, a child is given grades based on their exam performance:
Division 1 = 100-81 %
Division 2 = 81-72 %
Class 3 = 72-68 %
Class 4 = 68-61 %
Class 5 = 61-53 %
Class 6 (Fail) = 53-0 %