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Introduction to the images on this page: The Nebbi
Standard College, also called the Nebbi Standard Academy (NEBSTA), is a
secondary students with students ranging from age 15 to age 21. Ugandan
education is divided into primary (grades 1-7), O Level (the
next 4 years), and A level (the final two levels before university).
NEBSTA has O Level and A Level students. I spent three days in and
around NEBSTA (Tuesday, August 3, 2010 to Thursday, August 5,
2010). Like everything in
Uganda, nothing happened at the school the way I expected. I didn't get
to experience the school in full session because the term was coming to
an unexpected early end. The nation of Uganda was concerned
that schools weren't being given enough time to
cover all the required curricula. Therefore, on a national level, the
was ending early and the students were being given a two-week break
before the next term was to start earlier than normal to give more time
cover the curricula.
When I arrived at the school on Tuesday morning, most of the middle
school students were already gone. However, some of them were still
around and I got a chance to interact with them. The seniors were
taking tests that would determine whether they could get into college.
This is the sign for the
Nebbi Standard College.
The school motto is printed on the sign: "We strive for excellence."
The school mission is also printed: "To promote quality education for
This is the main building of
the Nebbi Standard College.
This is the inside of one of
the classrooms on the second floor.
The seniors are taking
tests to determine whether they can get into college.
I am interacting with some of
We talked a lot about the weather. Apparently it had been raining a lot
in recent days.
This is a picture of Betty
and I with the teachers of NEBSTA.
The teachers earn the equivalent of 25 to 50 American dollars per month.
They often work without pay, however, because the school can't always
afford to pay them.