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Malpractice is a war that must be fought by all of us, says minister Muyingo as UNEB releases UACE 2018 results

Prof. Mary Okwakol, the UNEB Chairperson formally hands over UACE 2018 results to the State Minister, Higher Education, John Muyingo. (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA – State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo has this morning Thursday, February 28, released the 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) results at President’s Office, Kampala.

UNEB has withheld results of 91 candidates from 21 centres. Most common forms of breaches have been external assistance, substitution of scripts and smuggling of unauthorised material.

Although the incidences of examination malpractices are low, Minister Muyingo says government will support UNEB in all ways possible to control and eliminate exam malpractice.

“The Country should know that the war against examination malpractices is like that against corruption. It’s a war that must be fought by all of us Minister Muyingo said.

He called for support in fighting corruption, by fighting against exam malpractice. “This is how corruption is bread. If teachers, head teachers and parents encourage malpractice, corruption will never end.”

He also expressed concern as Biology overall was the worst done subject.

“It’s quite sad that learners in Biology cram instead of understanding,” he added.

Statistics presented by UNEB indicate many positive trends like reduction in the dropout rate, 98.6% candidates qualifying for UACE.

On why student terribly failed Biology, UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo there is a serious problem developing in the Biology practical paper.

“Candidates do not carry out the dissection of specimens, but proceed to draw crammed drawings,” he says.

According to Prof. Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson Results also indicate that there is better performance in 2018, than that of 2017, however entries for science subjects are quite low.

A total of 99,576 candidates registered for the UACE 2018 exams from 2,094 centres compared to 101,269 candidates from 1918 centres in 2017. This is a decrease of 1,693 candidates (1.7%)

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