UACE 2017: 50% fail sciences

Students attend a practical lesson: NET PHOTO

The state minister for Higher Education, JC Muyingo has expressed concern over the increasing failure of science subjects in national exams and urged schools to devise better teaching methods to arrest the situation.

The minister’s concern came after it emerged that about 50 per cent of the science candidates in the 2017 UACE were unable to obtain a principal pass.

Most of the failures were in private schools and Dr Muyingo faulted teachers of science subjects for emphasizing theory at the expense of practicals.

“This is something that has made students fail their exams. I call upon schools to teach both theory and practical subjects at the same time,” he said.

Releasing the results on Wednesday, Mr Daniel Odongo, the UNEB executive secretary, said of the 101,269 candidates registered for the exams, only 34,819 students obtained at least three principal passes in the subjects they offered, with 1,141 students failing to attain any principal pass.



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