BY PAUL WAISWA
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2017 UACE results with a decline in performance.
Releasing the results on Wednesday, Mr Daniel Odongo, the UNEB executive secretary, said of the 101,269 candidates registered for the exams, only 34,819 students obtained at least three principal passes in the subjects they offered, with 1,141 students failing to attain any principal pass.
Nevertheless, Odongo said since a minimum of two principal passes is required for university admission, 60,941 candidates (60.7%) qualify. He added that 98.5% of the candidates qualify for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level.
The UNEB executive secretary added that girls constituted 41.4% of the candidates who sat for the exams. However, he said a total of 101,269 candidates registered for UACE in 2017 examination as compared to 104,243 in 2016- a decrease of 2,974 candidates.
“Females performed better than males, with higher number of candidates scoring 3 principle passes,” Mr Odongo said
A total of 41,932 female candidates registered for UACE in 2017.
“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.
UNEB announced that it has withheld results of 79 candidated from 24 centres due to suspected malpractices.
A total of 101, 269 candidates registered for 2017 UACE examinations but 100, 066 appeared for exams. UNEB Chairperson, Prof. Mary Okwakol said the candidature had decreased by 2.9 per cent as compared to 2016. She explained that the results indicated a slight decline in performance especially in physics and biology. The results have shown overall improvement in performance by female candidates. Okwakol attributes poor performance on poor mastery of English language to have affected science subjects