Uganda receives a better UACE performance as over 1,400 student fail

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) results on thursday February 28. The state minister for Higher Education Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo presided over the function held at the president’s office in Kampala at 10am

98.6% of the candidates qualified for the award of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. To qualify, one needs to obtain at least a subsidiary pass in a principal level subject. 63,123 candidates who sat for the exams qualify for University admission, with at least 2 principal passes.

UNEB has also withheld results of 91 candidates from 21 centres. According to Dan Odongo the UNEB executive secretary, Most common forms of examinationmul practises recorded this year included external assistance, substitution of scripts and smuggling of unauthorised material.

Female candidates performed better than their male counterparts at all levels. The failure rate among females is lower (0.8%), than males (1.8%).

Subjects that were performed better include Entre Education, Phyisics, History, Economics, Chemistry and Arts compared to last year 2017. Dan Odongo also revealed that Literature in English, Biology and Agriculture showed a decline in perfomance

Results indicate that there is better performance in 2018, than that of 2017, however entries for science subjects are quite low, according to Prof Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson.

A total of 1,489 students have failed after attaining F-grade in last year’s exams and therefore have to resit UACE. In 2017, a total of 1,141 failed the exams.

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