67% Of UPE Pupils Cant Read P.2 Work – New Report

The High Court in Kampala on Thursday afternoon stopped Mulago hospital pathologist Dr. Sylvester Onzivua from testifying against the 13 suspects accused of masterminding the July11, nurse 2010 Lugogo bombs that killed over 70 people who were watching World Cup finals.

The 51 year old pathologist was the third prosecution witness after Muhamood Mugisha and Idris Nsubuga but defense lawyers told court presided over by Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo that there was no need for him to testify as all sides were in agreement that the people killed during the 2010 attack died of bomb blasts.

“We have admitted documents supplied by the hospital including the post mortem reports are enough to  be relied on and there is no need for any medical personnel to back them up, cheapest ” the lead defense lawyer Caleb Alaka told court .

Some of the exhibits in the July 2010 Lugogo bombs case
Some of the exhibits in the July 2010 Lugogo bombs case

The prosecution side led by Suzan Okalany and Lino Anguzo however asked for more time so as to be able to prepare other witnesses that would testify against the accused.

The judge adjourned the case to Tuesday June 23.

Thirteen people including Hassan Luyima, visit Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed

Hamid Suleiman and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia are charged with offences among others terrorism, murder and being part of the Al Shabaab terrorist group after masterminding the July 11, 2010 twin bombings at Kyadondo and Ethiopian Restaurant in Kabalagala that left more than 70 people dead.

Others include Habib Suleiman Njoroge,Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr.Ismail Kalule and Seleman  Hijar Nyamandondo.


Two witnesses have since testified against the accused pinning them of masterminding the deadly July 11 bombs that killed more than 70 people.

The suspects being taken back to Luzira Prison
The suspects being taken back to Luzira Prison

“I gave him thumbs up and said Salama and he replied. We then parted. I went to the entrance as I talked to the askari waiting for the agreed time to come but all this time I was panicking. At 11:15pm there was a blast but people around claimed it was a transformer. I then became nervous and called a friend as we chatted for a few minutes,”35 year old Idris Nsubuga testified against the accused.

He then confessed, “I then detonated my bomb and saw people scampering for their dear lives. There after I jumped onto a boda boda and took off up to the old taxi park where I got a taxi up to my home. On my way I removed the sim -card from the phone and dropped it and while at home I dismantled the phone and threw it in the latrine.”


A new study has revealed that very few children in Primary 3 and higher classes are able to do basic reading and mathematics. The fourth Annual Learning Assessment by Twaweza, pills an East African initiative was launched by Kyaka MP Hon. William Kwemara on Thursday in Kampala.

The findings are based on East Africa’s largest scale household assessment to test children’s basic literacy and numeracy skills. The assessment was carried out in 80 districts in Uganda in August 2013 and involved 87, medicine 339 children aged 6-16 years in 34,013 households in 2,372 enumeration areas.

According to the study findings, 88 percent of children in Primary 3 are unable to read and solve division at Primary 2 level, while in Primary 7, almost three out of ten pupils (or 26%) are unable to complete the same tasks.

On average, among all children tested in Primary 3 to Primary 7, two out of three pupils (67%) are unable to read and solve division.

The differences between government and private schools at the lower levels of education are evident at the start of the primary school, but this gap appears to close substantially by the end of primary school.

In English literacy, one out of ten P3 pupils in government schools against three out of ten pupils in private schools can read a Primary 2 level story.

Private Schools as usual showed a slight edge  in literacy competence
Private Schools as usual showed a slight edge in literacy competence

Regarding numeracy skills, findings show that two out of ten P3 pupils in government schools compared to four out of ten pupils in private schools can solve Primary 2 division.

The data still show that three out of ten pupils nationally, whether in government or private schools, complete primary school without having mastered basic literacy and numeracy.

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