KAMPALA – Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has withheld Uganda Certificate of Education (UACE) examination results of 1,262 candidates over suspected malpractice.
This was revealed by Prof Mary Akwakol, the UNEB Chairman as she handed over the results to Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni has on Friday morning for release to the public.
“There are reduced malpractice cases from 1825 in 2018 to 1262 cases.”
She said these cases are a result of teachers providing assistance to the students during practicals and students copying from one another particularly in the science subjects
Prof Okwakol, however, says “the 2019 UCE examination was conducted smoothly and free from leakage”
The number of candidates registered for the 2019 examination increased by 0.7% much as the day of the increase was lower than that of 2018 demonstrating the UCE cycle completed.
Overall performance in the UCE 2019 examinations was better than that of the previous year. It improved from 87.2 percent in 2018 to 92.2 percent.
UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odong has revealed that 410 candidates with special needs registered for the examinations, compared to 357 the previous year.
“All these candidates were given the required assistance in regards to their disability and an extra 45 minutes”
A total of 337,697 candidates registered to sit for the 2019 Uganda Certificate of Examinations (UCE) from 3,531 centers across the country.
This represents an increment of 963 candidates (0.28 percent) from 2018
Out of the 337,697 candidates, 144,260 are from government schools and 193,437 private. The total registered candidates include 401 candidates with various forms of disabilities such as blindness (36), dyslexia (sighted 21; blind four), hearing impairment (60) and severe physical handicap (75). Those with low vision are 88 while those in need of extra time are 117
According to Dan Odongo, the UNEB secretary-general, the number of female candidates surpassed that of males making up to 50.2 percent, an increase from 49.5 percent in 2018.