ONLY one female was among the 866 candidates who sat the Carpentry and Joinery examinations for last yearâ€™s Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Junior Technical Certificate (UJTC).
UNEB secretary Matthew Bukenya said yesterday during the release of the results that this compares with 45 males out of 294 candidates who sat for the Tailoring and Garment Cutting UJTC examinations.
The names of the candidates and their full results were not immediately available to the press.
UNEB chairman Prof. Lutalo Bbosa handed over the results to state minister for higher education Betty Akech. Akech said the Government was urgently seeking ways of addressing this gender imbalance.
A total of 3,614, among them 533 females (14%), sat for the examinations in fields ranging from leatherwork and shoe-making (five candidates with no female) to block-laying (1,307 candidates, with seven females).
Results of nine candidates were cancelled for suspected cheating.
Akech said the Government also intends, through the establishment of community polytechnics in every sub-county, to correct the historical imbalance in public farm schools. Currently, the Government runs four farm schools in Kalangala, Mbarara, Bushenyi and Lira.
â€œThis country must continue to modernise and industrialise its economy, but this can only be possible through vocational training,â€ Akech said.
Junior technical exams results released