More students have qualified for entry into University and other tertiary institutions, according to Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) 2018 examination results.
While releasing the results Thursday 28th morning at the Office of the Prime Minister, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Dan Nokrach Odongo, noted an improvement among last year’s candidate’s compared to those of 2017.
According to the results, 63,123 candidates representing 64.7 percent secured 2 principal passes, which is required for university entry compared to 60,941 in 2017.
A total of 83,536 candidates scored 1 principal pass and 2 subsidiary passes compared to 83,301 in 2017. These qualify for admission to other tertiary institutions.
The statistics also show that 36,659 candidates attained 3 Principal passes compared to 34,819 in 2017. The results also show that the failure rate dropped from 99,987 candidates in 2017 to 97,328 candidates last year.
Nokrach speaking about the general performance of candidates.
A total of 99,576 candidates registered for the 2018 UACE examination from 2,094 centers compared to 101,269 in 2017 who registered in 1,918 centers. This indicates a decrease of 1,693 candidates (1.7 percent).
Of the 99,576 registered candidates, 98,524 appeared for the examinations. According to Nokrach, female candidates constituted 41,296 of those that sat the examination and that these performed better than their male counterparts at all levels.
He said the failure rate among female candidates is also lower at 0.8 percent compared 1.8 percent among males. Nokrach says that scenario is similar to that of 2017.
History, Economic, Entrepreneurship Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Art were better performed last year compared to 2017, according to UNEB. There was also improved performance in Geography.
However, there was a decline in the performance of Christian Religious Education, Literature in English, Agriculture and Biology. Nokrach notes that the performance in Biology has been on a downward trend of the last three years, which he said is worrying.
Professor Mary Okwakol, the UNEB Chairperson expressed concern about the low entries of science subjects despite the better performance by candidates in last year’s exams compared to 2017.
She noted that only 10 percent of the total candidature registered for science subjects and that the percentage is even less for females.