UNEB Releases Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Exam Results

UNEB Releases Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Exam Results


Relatively peaceful testing period for students in the north.
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By Jude Bukenya
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First published: March 2, 2007


The Uganda National Examinations board has today released the results of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education for the year 2006. The exams were reported as successfully conducted with very minimal challenges of leakages compared to the Uganda Certificate of Education examinations which were released last month.


This time round areas in the northern part of the country which have for long been affected by insurgency had a much more peaceful examination period than ever before and recorded no major challenges.

A total of 72,204 candidates registered for the examinations compared to 72,147 candidates in the year 2005 indicating an increase of only 57 candidates represented by 0.09% while 70,708 candidates appeared for the examinations compared to 70,609 in the year 2005.

Last year also recorded a slight increase in female candidature from 28,186 in 2005 to 28,430 in 2006.the female candidates constituted 39.4% of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination last year while 39.1% sat in the year 2005.

In the overall performance male students performed better than the females. The candidates in 2006 have shown some improvement- by 2.0% considering the two principal pass requirement for admission into tertiary institutions.

The percentage of females scoring 3 principal passes and above stands at 42.2%, up from 39.5% in 2005, while that of males is at 46.1%, also indicating an increase from 42.9% in 2005. However the percentage of females scoring at least 2 principal passes is 64% compared to that of males at 62.9%

Female candidates performed better than males in Christian Religious Education, Geography, Literature in English and Biology while male candidates were better in History and Economics. The sciences gap which has been in favour of males has closed and the performance is comparable though female entries in sciences are still low compared to those of males.

General performance in large entry subjects has indicated that there was noticeable decline in History, Mathemetics, Physics and Biology. Most of the students continue to offer arts subjects which keep the entries for sciences very low. Significant increases have been recorded in entries for Mathematics which went up by 46.6%, Physics 42.2%, Chemistry 16.8% and Biology 21.1%.

The Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board Mathew Bukenya attributes the significant increases in science subjects to the government policy of compulsory sciences at Olevel and sponsorship of sciences at university.

Bukenya notes that lack of subject matter and incompletion of syllabuses affected many students which resulted into scoring very low grades because of the failure to exhibit the expected competencies. Inability of students to handle subjects which require more cogtive skills also continues to affect performance coupled with poor communication skills arising from poor command of the English language and basic grammar.

A total of 128 candidates have had their results nullified for receiving external assistance, smuggling of unauthorized material and notes into the examination room.

The Minister of Education Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire says that teachers need to double their efforts to make sure that syllabuses are completed and students are getting enough testing before they sit for the examinations. Namirembe advises the students who will not be admitted in universities to use opportunities in other government and private tertiary institutions to continue pursuing their academic goals.


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By Jude Bukenya
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First published: March 2, 2007
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Jude Bukenya is a senior political and business reporter with Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd.
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