By Vision reporters
At least 97% of candidates who sat for the 2013 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams passed, the results released on Thursday.
A total of 111,456 candidates sat for the exams, compared to 109,974 students in 2012, an increase of by 4% (4,406 candidates). The overall performance rate was about the same percentage as in 2012.
Females performed better than males at A’Level in History, Economics, Islamic Religious Education, Christian Religious Education, geography, Literature in English and Mathematics.
Male candidates performed better than female counterparts in science subjects.
Exams for 34 candidates have been withheld due to malpractices, a sharp improvement from 404 culprits in 2012.
A total of 61,479 candidates (53.8) are eligible for admission to university on a 2 principal pass requirement while 77.8% (88,975) will qualify for admission on a I principal pass level.
Improvement in performance at principal pass level was in Economics CRE, IRE, Physics, Agriculture and Chemistry. Drops in performance are seen in Entrepreneurship, Literature and Biology.
Except in chemistry, nearly 50% of the candidates who did science subjects were unable to obtain a principal pass.