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1825 students’ results withheld over malpractices

First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni and State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo release the results of the 2018 UCE examinations at UBOS conference hall in Kampala. (Courtesy PHOTO)

UBOS HOUSE – The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) has released the 2018 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results.

While releasing the results in Kampala, the executive secretary of Uneb, Mr Daniel Odongo said that out of the 330,721 candidates who sat for the exams, 288,387 passed in various divisions

He said the highest cases of malpractices were registered in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

He said the affected students were given external assistance while some candidates colluded to cheat.

However, according to Uneb, exam results withheld reduced from 4525 in 2017 to 1825 in 2018. Of the 2017 withheld results, 1977 were cleared and released.

In terms of exam malpractice, the number of candidates whose results are withheld has greatly reduced from 4525 in 2017 to 1877 in 2018.

The Uneb chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol says results of 1977 candidates whose results were withheld last year were cleared, while the rest were cancelled

34 of the 358 special needs candidates who sat for the exams were blind. 101 had low vision, 74 were deaf, while the dyslexics were 36.

And 45 were physically handicapped. 68 others presented other forms of disability.

State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo, has refuted reports that Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) under marks some Kampala schools.

He says that such reports are baseless aimed at undermining UNEB’s image.

“We are beginning to hear stories that UNEB under marked certain schools which is not true,” he said adding that “my prayer is that this doesn’t get into our students’ minds because some will start relaxing,” says the minister.

The minister also expresses concern on ‘irresponsible’ use of social media saying someone just sits on a cup of Malwa and comes up with a false story about UNEB that goes viral and is believed by many.

Minister Muyingo says good results are not a preserve of Kampala schools, but rather a result of hard work

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