Kitante Primary School is a very large school located in Kampala. The school was started in 1968 as a joint effort between the British and Ugandan governments for the purpose of educating children of diplomats and top civil servants who were working in Uganda’s capital city.
Kitante Primary School is a government aided co-education school that follows the national curriculum.
Primary grades one and two follow a thematic curriculum but the other grades are taught a traditional core curriculum of: Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies. Other subjects taught are Physical Education, Music, Handwriting, Agriculture and Religious Education.
The school has a total enrollment is estimated at 2,000 students, 1,000 girls and 1,031 boys. There are 51 teachers and another 15 support staff that are employed by the school. Kitante operates with an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and a School Management Committee (SMC) that give input into school operations. Pupils also have a say in the school and there is an active student government in which both boys are girls are elected by their peers.
Kitante Primary School’s ‘school’ day runs from 7:30 am to 4:30 p.m. each day. Every Friday the school has a two hour general assembly in the amphitheater where teachers give a message, students provide entertainment, read the news, and give a message about AIDS/HIV awareness.
Kitante has two major development plans in the areas of construction and information technology. Since the school is so large they would like to reduce their class sizes by adding more classrooms.
Kitante also plans to add a computer lab so they can connect students to the internet and exchange information with other partner schools, and teach subjects like science and computer technology. Kitante also wishes to add a school van to transport students and staff on study trips.