EDOU boy excels in national examinations

February, 2013
Kampala, Uganda

We reported on these pages when he topped class in his first year on EDOU’s scholarship. We reported that he was a promising boy. He was in primary five. Now he’s done it again, this time at a higher level – national level.

Mike Kyakulumbye, who sat for the national primary seven leaving examinations last year excelled when he scored 8 points to put him in a superb position to join secondary school (the maximum points a pupil can score are 4). Mike got 2 points in each of the subjects, Science, Mathematics, Social studies and English.

Before EDOU’s scholarship, Mike had dropped out of school. His dreams to attain an education suffered a major blow when his parents separated, leaving him with no support.

Excelling at national level is remarkable for a boy who, at the time EDOU gave him a scholarship, teachers recommended he be demoted two classes lower because he did not match the learning standards of the class we wanted him join. It took persistence for Mike to be given a chance. But as if to vindicate the teachers, his term one performance was poor. He was among the bottom students in class. But hard work and inspiration changed the course of Mike’s education story. At the end of year, he topped the class! He never looked back.

Mike’s elder sister, Ms Barbara Kayemba, attributes Mike’s performance to the good learning environment. “The conditions are far better now with the support he receives. He was not worried of school fees which allowed him to concentrate. That’s why he was able to perform well,” she said.

Mike keeps his eyes focussed on his dream. “I am so happy about my performance,” he said with a shy smile, “I want to be a doctor.”

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