Janet Museveni encourages more girls to offer sciences

By Deo Wasswa

The minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has urged teachers to encourage female students to offer science subjects. 2019 UACE results indicated a drop in the transition UCE to UACE especially for females in sciences. The first lady says this is regrettable because government through ministry of Education and Sports is investing heavily in provision of teaching and learning materials and laboratories.

A total of 104,476 candidates registered for the examination from 2298 centers of which 43625 were female
An analysis of the overall candidates’ performance in examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates 98.6% qualified for the award of UACE.

At the minimum two principals level required for University admission, 65723 candidates 63.6% qualify. More candidates have qualified for tertiary level admission, compared to 2018
Female candidates although fewer, performed better than their male counterparts at all levels.
The failure rate among female candidates is also lower (0.9%) than for the male (1.7%).

In terms of percentages, Female candidates have performed better than their male counterparts at all principal level pass (A-E) in Arts(Humanities) Mathematics, physics and Agriculture . Male candidates were better in Chemistry , biology, Art and General paper.
Whereas Mathematics, Physics, chemistry and Biology are compulsory subjects at UCE, the number of students, both male and female , who opt for combinations at UACE with above subjects is very low.

Good performances were exhibited by candidates from mainly the traditional government schools and some private schools.
These candidate demonstrated adequate knowledge of subject matter and were able to handle tasks that required high order skills.
Their work in the practical examination papers also showed ability to manipulate apparatus , take accurate recordings of data and interpret the data

UNEB has withheld results of 126 candidates . The most common forms of examination breaches have been external assistance, substitution of scripts, smuggling of unauthorized material into the examination room and impersonation . Principal mathematics, biology and chemistry were the subjects mainly affected

Results of 1,512 pupils withheld by UNEB

By Deo Wasswa

Uganda National Examinations Board has withheld results of 1,512 pupils who sat for the 2019 primary leaving examinations.

Releasing the results,the executive secretary of UNEB Daniel Odongo says that although the examination was Conducted smoothly,cases of malpractice in some schools were reported .

He says that these were mainly cases of external assistance given to candidates by third parties inside the examination rooms.

He also says that there were several instances of fake papers circulated prior to the exams and 61 people have since been arrested from various parts of the country.

He says that with approval from the ministry of education,they are withholding the results of 1,512 pupils until investigations are completed.

He however says that this number is much lower that the 3,346, canceled results for 2018.

He says that all candidates whose results are being withheld will be given a fair hearing by UNEB security committee and those who will be cleared will have their results released

Candidate classes registration slated for 1st April

By Deo Wasswa
Uganda National examinations Board (UNEB) has set 1st April, 2019 up to 31st May, 2019 as the Normal period for registration for all Primary Leaving Examination, Uganda Certificate Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate Examinations candidates.

In a statement released and signed by the UNEB executive secretary Daniel Odongo, is indicating that the registration will be through the Electronic registration process.

The statement also shows the fees that each candidate must pay according to the examination level.

The registration fee for PLE candidate is shs 34,000 per head and late registration is shs 68,000

For UCE, registration fee is 164,000 and additional fee for shs 15,000 for each private candidate. For UACE, registration is shs 186,000 and additional fee for each private candidate is shs 18,000.

The late registration fee per candidate for UCE and UACE is 50% of the total registration fee and the late registration will start on 1st June, 2019 and close on 30th June, 2019.

According to Odongo, the UNEB general secretary all UPE, USE and universal post O-level Education and Training (UPOLET) Candidates are expected to register during the normal registration since the fees will be paid by the government of Uganda.

Government will not give supplementary exams to pupils who missed out on their primary leaving exams.

Government  will not give supplementary exams to pupils who missed out on their primary leaving exams. While presenting a statement on the matter  before parliament this afternoon, the ministet of edication  janet museveni said  the 20 students from Iganga who missed their exams on their schools  were not registered and says that for those in Butambala and the ministry was still investigating.

Janet Museveni adds that by offering pupils additional exams cannot be done as this will set a bad precedent that will allow head teachers to fail to register students because they know they will have another opportunity.

She further noted that such exams should be done at the same time to ensure they are accessed in the same manner.

The first lafy also noted that they are enacting the UNEB bill that will give heavy penalties to head teachers that fail to register students and hope this will be able to discourage the practice.

The matter was raised in parliament on tuesaday tthis week by bunyore west mp james waluswaka  who requsted government to give supplementary exams to pupils who had missed PLE saying most of them were girls who would easily be married off by their parents.

Now hon Walunswaka urges the minister to reconsider her position, saying that if its an issue of costs members of parliament were willing to contribute to this noble cause to ensure these children do not miss out on their exams or else many of them who are girls amight end up in marriage at such young age.

UNEB releases more examination guidelines

By Alice Lubwama

With just a few  days   for  Primary Seven candidates   to sit for their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) , Uganda national examinations board has issued more  guidelines in a bid to fight examination malpractices.

This year the candidates  will only write their names and code numbers for schools  on their examination papers  but not the names of the schools in order to make it a little more  difficult for those who would like to manipulate the results according to Dan Odong the executive secretary UNEB.

Odong says  that some markers have been easily identifying the students they need to favor from the names of the  schools  written on  the examination papers and  this will increase the integrity of the  examinations.

PLE  will be  done on  November 5th and 6th, and the candidates  will start with Mathematics in the morning of November 5th and do Social Studies in the afternoon. Morning papers shall start at 9.00 am while
those in the afternoon shall commence at 2.00 PM On November 6th, candidates shall  sit for the Science paper in the morning and then English in the afternoon.

The examination body  has other  guidelines  which  the schools and candidates  need to follow in order  not to be disqualified  or that can led to the cancellation of the entire results.

Smuggling of unauthorized material inside the examination room, copying from one another or collusion, external assistance given by teachers, supervisors, invigilators and any other persons, prior knowledge of examination questions (leakage), impersonation (i.e. hiring somebody else to sit the examination,another person, rather than the duly registered candidate sitting the examination , improper behavior e.g. making noise, disobeying, threatening and attacking scouts, Supervisors, Invigilators etc.

English and Mathematics were worst done subjects as per 2017 results, and schools from the eastern region  registered a high failure rate by the candidates.

Leaders  from the worst performing  districts such as   Manafwa have given   Numerous reasons  for the performance including erratic transfer of teachers, interference of politicians and laxity of parents.

The teachers are accusing  several politicians, with no experience in the education sector, of punishing them unnecessarily, as  ,  Several parents in Manafwa agreed that they haven’t been  hard on their
children   encouraging  an attitude of laxity.

UCE examination leakage started in Iganga says UNEB boss

The recent leakage of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers has been traced to Iganga district. The confirmation comes a week after media reports indicating that examination papers were circulating on social media long before they were done by the candidates.

UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says preliminary investigations have traced the leakage to storage station in Busesa. He adds that the area supervisor and scouts have since been arrested to aid investigations into the matter.

“The scout sent to guard the exam confessed that he was paid 1 million Shillings to give his keys to perpetrators of the fraud,” Odong told journalists in Kampala today.

According to Odongo, over 26 people from various districts have so far been arrested in relation to the examination leakage. Of the arrested; five were from Entebbe, five from Rwizi, four from Rwenzori west region, two from Serere, one from Amuria, nine from Kampala and one from Iganga.

They include private school teachers, a student, a director of a private school and bursar of a government school among others.

Odongo says the involvement of teachers is an “indictment of teachers who have made education a business.” He however adds that UNEB was still pondering the next course of action.

“Our scouts from other parts of the country have told us that examinations in their areas were going on well and were not affected by news of the examination leaks.”

“Until the impact is established, we shall not know what appropriate measure to take to handle the after effect of the exam. So for now we do not know whether we shall cancel the exam or reduce or increase the pass mark. We shall only know what to do after we establish what can be done.”

 

 

-URN

UNEB partners with UCC to shun examination malpractice through social media

In this period when Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) examinations have kicked off, the communication regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have come out to warn the public on perpetrating in online examination malpractice. The commission and other security agencies have received reports that a racket of unscrupulous individuals are using social media platforms like WhatsApp to commit examination malpractices and to fleece the unsuspecting members of the public of their money on the basis of fraudulent promises to offer them access to examination papers.

UCC warns in a blog post that “such practices are contrary to Section 19 of the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.”

UCC is working closely with UNEB and other security agencies to track the authors of such messages and the general public is advised against participating, aiding and abetting any such illegal practices in order to avoid the risk of either becoming victims to such frauds or being arrested and/or prosecuted for aiding and abetting crimes under the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

The commission has requested the to report any examination related malpractice incidents encountered online for further investigation.

 

 

 

-Techjaja

SACK THE NRM ELECTORAL COMMISSION CHAIRMAN

By Alice Lubwama

An NRM member who stood and lost in the last elections Dr. Elizabeth Nabatanzi Lugudde has asked the party chairman president Museveni to sack the NRM electoral commission chairman DR. Tanga odoi saying that he is competent.

Addressing journalists in Kampala today Dr. Nabatanzi said that Tanga does not deserve to stay in that office because of the shame he has brought to the party, when all the people cleared by his commission to stand on the party ticket are being thrown out of parliament without the required academic papers.

Nabatanzi says more NRM members who were cleared by Tanga’s commission are to be thrown out of parliament just like his opponent Ssozi Isaac Mulindwa of Lugazi municipality who lost his seat recently.

She pins Tanga for failing to listen to the petition she made against Ssozi , over academic papers after the NRM primaries.

Tanga denied the responsibility of verifying the papers of candidates, saying that it is the work of UNEB and National Council of Higher Education.


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Minister Alupo directs UNEB to cancel center numbers for schools with malpractice issues

The minister for education Jessica Alupo has issued a directive to UNEB to cancel center numbers for schools that are persistently involved in examination malpractice. The minister made the directive while releasing the 2015 UCE examination results at Lugogo. She says the habit of malpractice is destroying the education system in Uganda. Results of2060 candidates from 86 examination centers were withheld due to malpractice.
Mathematics and Sciences were the worst performed subjects in last year’s UCE . Mathew Bukenya UNEB secretary says results for 2,060 candidates have been withheld due to suspected malpractice from 86 examination centers. He says over r 90% of malpractice for which some results have been withheld is in Mathematics & Science Most of the malpractice was done by teachers inside the Examination rooms. Female students performed better than Male students in English and CRE, while overall Male candidates performed better than their female counter parts.
Bukenya says there’s evidence that teachers speculated questions to be set and the students therefore ended up giving wrong answers.  Failure to read and interpret the questions by candidates contributed to the poor performance. Bukenya says absenteeism rose from 1.4% in 2014 to 2.1% in 2015. More boys were absent compared girls. Elnino rains and bad roads affected the movement of scouts, invigilators & transportation of examination papers to the centers.