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TPS is currently the #2 primary school in the Masaka District

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TPS offers high quality, universally accessible education for all

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TPS offers a boys and girls boarding dormitory so that students can focus on learning full-time

We are very proud of the excellent academic performance of our pupils - both the internal and external exams topped the year thanks to the dedication of the teachers and the parents. We are now second in the district, and couldn't be more proud!

- Alice Nabacwa, Tekera Primary School Principal

Why

Although public education is free in Uganda, schools are too far apart to access and are also too overcrowded - with sometimes over 100 students per class!
Many Ugandan Public Education (UPE) schools are much too far for many children in villages to access. Only 55% of school aged children attend primary school in Uganda and only 22% attend secondary school, despite the free fees initiative. UPE schools tend to have high teacher absentee rates, as well as poor academic standards and outcomes. Students often come to school without eating enough, affecting their academic performance. Students without accessible and affordable healthcare often fall ill, and can not attend school due to malaria, water-borne illness, and other bacterial infections. It is imperative that students have access to quality education - as well as wider support networks that will help them achieve their educational dreams!

Tekera Primary School is classified as a private school, as it is not run by the state. However, the school fees charged are small – even by local standards. By keeping tuitions affordable, most members of the community are able to access a high level of academic education for their children. For those with high financial hardship, TPS offers sponsorship opportunities for each class based solely on need. One meal is also provided every school day since many children from villages go to school without breakfast or lunch. Additionally, all students have access to health care, government vaccines, and bi-annual health checks. Because we are in a rural area, coupling education with health initiatives and universal access for community members is imperative to student success!

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Story

TPS started as a school where students were taught underneath trees!
Tekera Primary School is the result of a joint venture between St. Francis Primary School and Tekera Resource Centre. St. Francis School had been operating in Tekera since 1986 under the leadership of headmaster Francis Kiweewa. St. Francis School had no buildings and classes were conducted under trees, which meant that all the classes were often taught together. Mr. Kiweewa and TRC agreed to work together to develop a new permanent school for the children of the local community. Students moved from trees into classrooms in 2006 thanks to this wonderful collaboration!

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Impact

Tekera Primary School opened in 2007 with 160 students. Current enrolment is nearly 250 students!
In 2016, TPS placed 2nd in Makasa District for Grade 7 Primary Leaving Exams (PLE). These exams are extremely important because they allow the students to get into secondary school and vocational school. Indeed, it may be the end of their academic careers if they cannot afford additional education! Our students received 10 firsts and 8 seconds, launching TPS into 550th place in the country -- up from 2076th in 2013/2014! We rose 1526 spots in 3 years! That’s the hard work and everyday grind of our teachers creating the right support to see these student succeed. We are so proud to be able to have a small role in improving Uganda’s future through education.

In February 2016, we opened a girls’ boarding dormitory. This is important for Tekera because it provides students - who often live up to 5 miles away from the school - with safety and shelter. The room-and-board option often removes many of the stressors of daily life for students: commuting, food preparation, doing huge amounts of chores at home before being allowed to do homework, and safety at night or in the dark mornings when going to and from classes. Thus, students can focus on their studying and really thrive! Currently, there is also a temporary boy’s dormitory housing. In 2016, TPS was also registered as an Early Learning Centre to enable us to offer holistic education to children during their formative nursery years, giving them a leg up at an early age. Additionally, all school children participate in a health check day at the beginning of every term. Health issues like lice, jiggers, de-worming, and anything else present is treated at the clinic. This allows every child to start the year healthy in order to give the best chance to succeed.

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