By; Olivia Nabaggala
The Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board Daniel Odongo has noted with concern the persistent poor performance in Science subjects during the national exams.
At the release of this last year’s UCE examinations at their headquarters in Ntinda Odongo says lack of enough science teachers and absenteeism have affected students’ performance on top of lacking practicals.
He said although there was a slight improvement in the performance, grading at subject level especially in Physic, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics was very low and English the only subject where female students trounced their male counterparts.
Out of the 320,119 candidates who sat for the exams, 287,350 students passed of which 31,338 got first grade, 53,665 second grade, 70,797 got third grade while 131,660 got fourth grade and 27,955 registered an F 9. Exams of 4,525 candidates have been withheld over exam malpractice.
Luzira prisons registered 55 candidates, 3 got first grade, 10 second, 13 third grade, 26 in fourth grade, 1 failed while 2 missed. A total of 357 candidates with special needs were also catered for in a special way according to Odongo.
Bukwo and Butaleja districts topped the worst performed districts in 2017 (UCE) examinations while Wakiso and Kampala have topped the best performed districts. The Chairman UNEB Prof. Mary Okwakor explains.
The state minister of education for higher education Dr. J.C.Muyingo who received the exams on behalf of his boss Janet Museveni castigated perpetrators of exam malpractice but also gave a stun warning to schools without licenses and those which increased charges to stop it.