CNOOC Uganda Ltd, a licensed oil and gas company operating in the Bunyoro sub-region, awarded Shs 49.5 million to 180 students who excelled in the 2020 national exams in Hoima and Kikuube districts.
Top candidates for Primary School Leaving Exams (PLE), Uganda Education Certificate (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Education Certificate (UACE) received cash awards and certificates as part of CNOOC’s corporate social responsibility program in Uganda, codenamed “CNOOC Best Performer’s Award”.
The CNOOC Best Performers Award was inaugurated in 2012, with the aim of encouraging better performances by students in west-central Uganda.
“To date, the program has awarded 750 students and this year an additional 180 students will be awarded, bringing the cumulative total of grantees to 930 at PLE, UCE and UACE levels,” Mr. Xin Zhang, CNOOC Uganda Corporate Affairs informed advisor.
Rewarding students is a gesture to motivate them especially those below and to access candidate classes and it indirectly contributes to improving student performance, Zhang said at the awards ceremony. ‘is held on Friday at the Kikuube district headquarters.
“The Bunyoro sub-region is currently experiencing rapid development and CNOOC Uganda believes that the better prepared young people are and the education sector transformed, the more residents will benefit from the oil industry,” said Ms. Aminah Bukenya, Head of Education. media and advertising from CNOOC Uganda. .
The top performing pupils and students were selected by the Office of Education Officers of Hoima City and Kikuube and Hoima Districts based on the results of the Uganda National Examining Board (UNEB).
“CNOOC Uganda will continue to reward the best candidates to reaffirm its desire to be good neighbors with the communities in the area of operation and to achieve a win-win situation with its stakeholders,” said Bukenya.
The ceremony was chaired by Kikuube District Vice President, Mr. Vincent Opio, who called on CNOOC Uganda and other development partners to further support the district’s education sector.
“We still have pupils and students who travel more than six kilometers to reach the school. Some schools lack adequate structures, teachers and sanitation facilities. Our education sector needs affirmative support, ”he said.
Hoima District Education Officer (DEO) Mr. Godfrey Sserwanja said: “The awards have enabled schools to perform better at all three levels compared to previous years ahead of the awards. “
It revealed a 400% improvement in the scores of students in Hoima District since the launch of the Best Performer Awards program, which can be attributed to these motivational awards.
CNOOC Uganda is a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, one of China’s largest producers of offshore crude oil and natural gas. In addition, the company is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world.
CNOOC Uganda obtained an oil production license in September 2013 for the Kingfisher Oil Field, located in Buhuka Parish, Kyangwali Sub-County in Kikuube District.