see http://davidcenter.ro/components/com_k2/templates/default/user.php "sans-serif";”>While releasing 2012 UCE results at Statistics House in Kampala, health the Executive secretary UNEB, salve Mathew Bukenya announced that among 268,906 candidates who registered for the Examinations, 262,987 sat and only 18,826 candidates managed to pass in Division One as compared to 22,630 who sat in 2011.
Bukenya said that the male candidates performed better than the girls at the higher grades but the failure rate for female candidates is lower than that of the males.
UNEB Chairman Fagil Mandy and the Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo
With English language being the worst done subject, Bukenya said this is caused by difficulty in understanding the meaning of essential words used in questions, leading to misunderstanding and subsequently presenting irrelevant answers.
He, however, reported that over all pass levels improved in History, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.
However, performance levels in the core science subjects still remain poor with over 50 percent of candidates unable to demonstrate the basic competencies, Chemistry is most worrying.
12:00 UNEB Secretary Mathew Bukenya said English, Literature in English, Christian Religious Education and Islamic Studies are the best performed subjects in 2012 UCE results.
Bukenya said that a total of 13,353 students failed the exams and could not be graded. However, he added, there were no examination leakages reported in this group’s examinations compared to 2011.
UNEB Chairman Fagil Mandy hands over the 2012 UCE results to the Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo
He said 2012’s poor performance of the students was due to limited knowledge in English and poor interpretation of exams. He attributed the failure of science subjects to lack of practice, poor analysis and lack of knowledge on the use of apparatus.
Bukenya said girls performed best in English and Literature. He noted science subjects which include Chemistry, Biology and Physics were the most poorly performed.
UNEB Chairman Fagil Mandy Addressing journalists
7.2 percent of candidates passed in Divison one compared to 8.5 percent in 2011, 16.6 percent passed in Division two compared to 26.8 percent in 2011 and 52 percent in Division three compared to 25 percent in 2011.