Uganda National Examination Board has this morning released results of last year’s S6 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams with only 59% of the candidates qualifying for university.
The results released at the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Kampala, indicated a significant decline in the performance of students especially in science subjects.
UNEB Executive Secretary Mr Mathew Bukenya revealed that a total of 107293 students had successfully sat the exams, indicating a 6.6% decline from those that sat the exams in the previous year.
While there were no examination leakages, Bukenya noted with concern that examination malpractice was not showing any signs of relenting.
Meanwhile female candidates once again beat their male counterparts in the overall performance, even though they comprised only 40% of the total number of candidates.
“Female candidates like in the previous year 2013, performed better than males with a lower failure rate in selected subjects,” said Bukenya.
He noted that girls beat their male counterparts especially in the subjects of History, Economics, Islam, CRE, Geography, Literature, General Paper and Subsidiary Mathematics. Boys performed better in science subjects.
Bukenya also observed that gender disparity at A ‘Level was still significantly wide, despite the various government measure to bridge it.
Out of the 107,293 students who sat last year’s UACE, only 43,944 were girls, representing 40.6%. Mr Bukenya attributed this to the possibility that most girls after Senior Four, opt for other training courses such as nursing.
It was also observed from the results that students still abhorred science subjects: only 30% offered maths, 11% offered chemistry and 12% did biology.
Bukenya also observed that students were still overly relying on teachers’ notes and that most schools were encouraging cram work which is discouraged at A’ level.
“A ‘Level exams seek to test if students are able to comprehend, experiment and apply the material that they have earned in the real world.”
Even in humanities, we realized that most students were giving generic answers and could not illustrate. Teachers are encouraging cram work and students depend on class notes and pamphlets. They can’t do their independent research.”