Please be joining us in prayer this weekend for our sons and daughters in the Primary 7 class!
Every year, students in Primary 7 all across Uganda must take a national test called the “Primary Leaving Exam.” Primary 7 is equivalent to 6th grade in America, or the last year of primary school in the UK. The results of the PLE determine on a national level whether or not students can go on to secondary school. At Kasana Children’s Centre, our 38 Primary 7 students will also need to take the entrance exam for our secondary school, New Hope Academy. We also have six students who will be taking the PLE from our Kobwin Children’s Centre this year!
The PLE is taking place on November 2nd and 3rd this year. In those two days, students will have to answer questions taken from material that they have studied in the past several years. The following day, November 4th, our sons and daughters will be taking the English and math tests which determine if they are ready to enter New Hope Academy. It is a daunting task, and our students often feel the pressure!
Students who do well will enter the Senior 1 class in February. Those who do not pass as well will be encouraged to repeat Primary 7 or possibly to switch to vocational training.
Please be praying for these children, that they will be able to think calmly and clearly as they prepare for these exams. But more importantly, please pray that they will know God’s love and care for them, and that they will trust Him with their future!
This morning, our sons and daughters in P7 celebrated their last day of primary school. Today they will be receiving briefings about the test procedure, as well as preparing the rooms and the grounds for Monday. Uncle Jonnes, NHU’s Ministry Coordinator, came to share a few words with the students.
They also enjoyed a cake together and each received a math set with pencil, eraser, and other tools they will need for the test. Uncle Jonnes thanked the class for being one of the “most joyful” classes that the school has had in several years.
A couple months ago, the P7 class went on a special trip, as they do every year. This year’s class visited the Ugandan zoo in Entebbe, drove by the airport and state house, and toured a Coca Cola bottling plant. They also enjoyed a lunch at a hotel, quite a treat for children from our rural area!
The class will also have a special P7 week during the second week of November. The teachers hope to take them to Musana Camps and go with them through a “Rites of Passage Experience” as a celebration of reaching this milestone in their lives.
Thank you so much for standing with our sons and daughters in prayer during this time! If you would like to send a Primary 7 student an encouraging email, you can use our contact form to do so. Direct it to the sponsorship office, and we will see that it is delivered!
P7 trip photos submitted by Katabazi Simon, Headmaster of Essuubi Eppya Vocational Primary School
Compiled by Esther Carey, Communications Coordinator