By Francis Emorut
A total of 239 candidates have failed examinations of nursing and midwifery according to results that were released on Friday.
According to the executive secretary of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), Helen Kataratambi, a total of 2805 candidates sat for this year’s examinations in May as compared to 1850 who sat last year.
Of the 2805, 1917 were females while males were 888.
Kataratambi pointed out that out of 2653 certificate candidates 2414 passed the May examinations.
She said 12 candidates representing 0.5% passed at distinction level, 974 (36.7%) at credit level and 1428 obtained a pass while 239 (9%) were ungraded (failed).
The executive secretary noted that there was improved performance compared to the 2013 examinations.
She said last year 1467 passed representing 85.4% compared to 2414 that passed in the just released results at 91% recording an increase of 5.6%.
Kataratambi attributed improved performance to the introduction of promotional examinations in all the schools by UNMEB.
“This examination has contributed to the improvement of students’ performance evidenced in the results released today. The students have been motivated to study harder to pass the promotional examinations in anticipation of their eligibility to be registered for state final examinations,” Kataratambi told the education minister Jessica Alupo and education officials.
The executive secretary of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board (UNMEB) Helen Kataratambi (right) talks to Prof. Wilton Kezala the chairman of the board during the release of the results. Photo by Francis Emorut
She said tutors on the other hand have been obliged to ensure that the curriculum is adhered to and completed in time and the use of internal examination management system which provides feedback as well as improvement in practical examinations by the board as factors that have led to improved performance.
The board chairman Prof. Wilton Kezaala appealed to the ministry of education to provide adequate equipment to cope up with large number of students.
The board examines students who have done courses in Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Midwifery and Diploma in Mental health Nursing.
Others courses are Certificate in Nursing, Certificate in Midwifery and Certificate in Mental health Nursing.
Alupo said the churning out of nurses and midwives to join the health work force is a commendable job in the time that the country is making significant strides in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are come to an end in 2015.
The commissioner Sarah Namuli Tamale advised successful candidates to access their result slips and certificates from their respective institutions immediately after the release of the results.