By Peter Ssebulime
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has revealed that the performance for the last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) has improved compared to 2018, although boys performed better than girls.
While receiving the examinations results from UNEB officials, the minister of Education and Sports, who is also the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, warned schools with the tendency of teaching students early in the morning and late evening without leaving them time to rest to desist from the practice.
The chairperson UNEB Prof. Mary Okwakol , while handing the results to the Minister of Education during a ceremony held at the Office of the President, expressed great concern about the low performance levels of girls in science subjects.
She said that UNEB is of the view that there is need to investigate the case further and identify the factors responsible for this phenomenon, so as to find a lasting solution.
Prof. Okwakol said that “A total of 1262 cases were reported regarding malpractices, meaning that the vice has reduced compared to last year 2018 and the board has notified the affected students through their head teachers, to appear before the Board for hearing, escorted by their teachers.”
Dan Odong, the Executive Secretary UNEB said that “Candidates increased by 2285, which is equivalent to 0.7% from 335435 in 2018 to 337720. Out of these, 144256 were Universal Secondary Education (USE) beneficiaries.”
He stated that the overall performance indicates that male candidates performed better in all the subjects compared to their female counterparts.