UBTE Results Show Tight Competition Between Females and Male Candidates

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Male students dominated technical courses while their female counterparts outcompeted them in business subjects.

 The just released Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Result for the last year show a tight competition between the male and female candidates. 62.6 percent of the males passed and were closely followed by the girls at 62.2 percent. Male students dominated the technical courses while their female counterparts outcompeted them in business subjects. Female students also did better in National Certificate in Agriculture.
144 male candidates passed with distinctions in Technical Craft Advanced compared to only 16 females. In Technical Crafts Certificate Part I, 889 male students obtained distinctions against 119 females, representing 10.7 and 12 percent respectively. Certificate of Tropical Agriculture saw 14 males and seven females obtaining distinctions respectively, while National Certificate in Agriculture has one male student in first class and no female in the same category.
Females however had a better pass rate in this category compared to males, with 67.2 percent of them passing against 52.7 of males. Diploma in Business had four and three male and females students respectively while Uganda College of Commerce Certificates had seven males and 2 females. Females beat their male counterparts in National Certificate exams in Business with only three males against 13 females. A total of 16262 candidates registered for the examinations last year. Out of this number, 2219 never showed up for the papers.

John Twesigye, the Executive SecretaryUganda Business and Technical Examinationssays the pass rate shows an improvement compared to the previous years. Twesigye says students were trained in real life practical experience, not in theory. He says with this kind of training, students who have obtained certificates and diplomas will be able to either create or get jobs;

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Professor, Venansius Baryamureeba, the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board Chairperson says at least half of the students who finish senior four and above must be encouraged to take up vocational education so that the much needed human resource for development can be got.
Baryamureeba says career guidance has died in all schools. He has also challenged media houses to offer more airtime for such programmes so that both parents and students can be guided on which courses to choose while pursuing education;

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Jessica Alupo, the Education Minister says more emphasis is being made in promoting vocational education. Alupo says several facilities are being put in place to ensure that students acquire the right skills. She says many government aided technical institutions are being renovated to accommodate more students.


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