Primary Leaving Exam Passing Rate
In 2011, HVU launched the Enrichment Program, a weekly tutoring program designed to give Primary 7th-grade schoolchildren the educational support they needed to pass the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) and become eligible for secondary school. The children were drawn from the village of Nyaruhanga, in the Kabale District, in the southwestern region of Uganda.
The results have been dramatic. As of February 2016, 100% of the children who attended the Enrichment Program passed the PLE, comparing favorably with the PLE passing rate of 82% in their local schools, 87% in the Kabale District, and 88% nationally among children who were not beneficiaries of the program.
Secondary School Placement Rate
Significantly, of the Enrichment Program graduates, 96% enroll in secondary school, far exceeding the national matriculation rate of 22%.
The success of the Enrichment Program implies that its combination of academic support, test drilling and individual mentoring should be made available to more children. Consequently, in 2014 the Enrichment Program increased the amount of teachers from 3 to 7, and expanded enrollment from 30 to 90 pupils.