Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) this Wednesday morning released the 2011 Uganda Certificate of Education exams showing that overall performance improved at all levels, and failure rate dropped from 6.5 percent in 2010 to 4.2 percent in 2011.
2011 saw an increase in registered candidates from 264, 928 in 2010 to 273,363. 127,199 (46.5%) of those were female, while 107,977 (39.5%) were USE beneficiaries. 22,630 candidates, 8.5 per cent of the total candidates, obtained division one indicating an improvement from 2010 where only 18, 709 candidates (7.2 per cent) passed in the first division.
254, 220 candidates have obtained UCE certificates from 2011 exams as compared to 241,456 candidates in year 2010. Girls performed better in English and Literature in English, while boys performed better in Mathematics and other science subjects.
Nearly three quarters of the candidates failed Chemistry, while over one-half failed Biology. Pass levels improved in English Language, Literature in English, Christian Religious Education, History, Agriculture, Physics and Commerce. Geography and Mathematics saw slight decline in performance.
The poor performance in science subjects has been attributed to lack of teachers and laboratory equipment, especially in private schools.
UNEB is withholding results of 1,631 candidates suspected to have been involved in malpractice until investigations are complete.
Heads of UCE examination centres have been advised to collect their result lists and result slips from UNEB offices in Ntinda starting today, February 8, from 12:00 noon. Results can also be accessed through mobile phones: go to ‘message’ and type ‘UCE,’ leave space then type the index number of the candidate and send to 6600 across all networks.
By Richard Wanambwa, Shelia Naturinda & Online Team, Daily Monitor