Minister Muyingo worried about increasing school dropouts

By Daudi Zirimala
The State Minister for Uganda Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo is concerned about the reducing number of students finalizing the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE

Speaking during the release of 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) results at President’s Office, Kampala, Muyingo said that its unfortunate that a number of students drop out after registering for UACE which has to be followed by stakeholders to find out the reasons why numbers keep on reducing every year.

According to UNEB a total of 99,672 students registered for 2018 UACE out of who 53,359 are males and 41,313 females across the 2,217 centres in Uganda.

UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo said girls performed better, especially in arts subjects. However, Biology overall was the worst done subject.

Odongo, secretary says Girls constituted 41.4% of the candidates who sat for the exams.

“Whereas gender parity has been attained at UCE, at this level (UACE), the gap between males and females taking these exams is still wide with parity index of 0.7,” he said.

According to him, 98.5% of 101,269 candidates qualified for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level.

Results of 79 candidates from 24 centres have been withheld over malpractice and were seeking for assistance during the examinations, among other reasons,” she added.

History, Economics, Entrepreneurship Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Art subjects have shown better performance in 2018 than in 2017

41,296 female candidates were registered in 2018 as compared to 41,932 female candidates who were registered in 2017.

Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol says there is a possibility that female students took up vocational studies available to them in preference to the UACE level.

“We note improvements in Physics and biology at subject level but a drop of performance at principal level,” she says.

Prof Okwakol says candidature has reduced by 2.9%.
“This trend has been observed since 2014. Entry figures continue to show that overwhelmingly number of candidates is opting for humanity subjects,” she adds.

According to her, allowing malpractice in exams will lead to low quality of the country’s human resource.

UACE results out, female students perform better than the males

By Wasswa Deo
UNEB withholds results of 64 candidates that sat from 11 center over malpractice pending further investigation.  Indicating a significant drop from 279 Cases with held in 2017. 
  The examinations body has registered an improvement in the performance of students who sat for 2016 UACE as compared to 2015.
According to the results, a very high percentage of candidates 98.7% qualified for the award of the UACE certificate,  2016 performance. 39,797 candidates passed with 3 principal passes,27,831 with 2 principal passes,21,031 with principal passes,12,836 with one subsidiary 
Districts with highest students who passed with 3 principle passes are Wakiso 9299 at , Mukono 3374 , Kampala 6366 ,  and Mbarara 1000 . 1363 candidates  failed completely and a total of  102858 sat examination . 
In terms of percentages,female candidates performed better at A- level in all the large entry subjects accept general paper . Economics and sciences were generally poorly done,Biology was the worst done with only 40.8 % obtaining an E principal level pass .
District with fewer students with principal pass 3 are Buvuma 00, Nakapiripirit 00, Napaka 8 Zombo 9 Katakwi  .
The best performed subjects include, History, Islamic and religious education, Literature in English ,Art,  and geography while the worst done were  biology, sub math,physics

Girls exhibit a great performance in UACE results

Girls performed better than boys in 2015 UACE results released today. Girls registered good performance in subjects like History, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Geography, Literature, CRE, General Paper and Subsidiary math, and while boys outshined girls in science subjects.   Speaking during the release of the results at Lugogo, outgoing UNEB secretary Matthew Bukenya noted that the examinations were leakage free. Mathew Bukenya says the results of 279 candidates have been withheld due to mal practices.

Malpractice was exhibited in collusion, use of unauthorized material and impersonation. According to Bukenya overall performance has improved with 56656 candidates that have qualified for university having obtained two principal passes.  A total of 101,268 candidates registered for the 2015 senior six examinations compared to 108,419 candidates the previous year.