The 2011 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Educationâ€”UACE results released by the ministry of education indicate that at least 65,417 candidates are eligible to join tertiary institutions after passing with two principle passes. The results released by the Uganda National Examinations Board â€“UNEB on Tuesday, however, that 36,877 candidates failed to get two principle passes and are therefore not eligible to join any tertiary institution.
This is a slight improvement from 2010 examinations when 61,820 candidates passed with two principle passes.
The results released by the Uganda National Examinations Board –UNEB on Tuesday, however, that 36,877 candidates failed to get two principle passes and are therefore not eligible to join any tertiary institution.
UNEB secretary Matthew Bukenya says at two principle passes and above, female candidates were at par with their male counterparts but girls have a slightly lower failure rate at 0.6% compared to 0.5% for boys.
Bukenya says female candidates beat their male counterparts in Entrepreneurship Education, Islamic Religious Education, Christian Religious Education, Geography, Literature in English and Biology. Male candidates on the other hand performed better in History, Economics and Fine Art.
According to Bukenya, improved performance at principle pass level was registered in Entrepreneurship Education, Literature in English, Mathematics, Christian Religious Education, Agriculture, Physics and Chemistry. The UNEB secretary, however, noted History, Economics and Biology recorded a drop in performance at A to E pass levels, though Biology scores improved at A pass level.
Bukenya further noted that many examination centres presented high quality work in subject areas indicating high preparation. But he also added that some centres inadequate preparation was evident which according to him, was a sign that some schools never finished the UACE syllabus. He said at such centres poor communication affected the quality of work especially in humanities where questions required extended writing.
Education Minister Jessica Alupo noted the number of candidates who qualify to join university and other tertiary institutions has increased by 3894 which is higher that 1450 candidates recorded in 2010.
Alupo said that absenteeism continues to decline with most of the candidates who enroll for UACE completing the programme. This year according to the minister, fewer girls dropped out of school compared to the previous year.
The minister welcomed improvement in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry saying these subjects form the foundation for scientific innovation as the country puts emphasis in industrialisation. Alupo, however, argued that the number of candidates offering science subjects is still low at 20% of the total candidates, adding that the country risks missing out on science-based development programmes. She encouraged private schools to invest in the teaching of sciences since they outnumber government-aided schools.
She called for a review of school High School Admission procedure where most government schools only admit students with distinctions. This, she says, locks out many students with aspirations to study sciences.
Alupo repeated government’s earlier demand to limit students to three principle passes instead of four being done now.