The ministry of education on Friday released Senior Six examination results for 2015, with 97.8% of candidates qualifying for the award of the Uganda Advanced Certificate Educate (UACE) certificate.
Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) has withheld results of 279 candidates due to suspected malpractice.
The results were released at Uganda Manufacturers' Association (UMA) in Kampala.
According to outgoing UNEB executive secretary, Mathew Bukenya, Mathematics and Art were the most affected subjects.
A total of 101,268 candidates registered for the exams compared to 108,419 in 2014.
The results show that male candidates performed better in science subjects while their female counterparts performed better in history, economics, entrepreneurship, CRE, geography, Literature, sub-mathematics, general paper.
56.7% of the students qualified for university as per the 2 principle passes. Bukenya said results have been uploaded on the UNEB portal.
Those interested in hard copies were advised to pick them from UNEB offices in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.
"I wish to take this opportunity to bid you farewell. This is the last exam I am releasing," Bukenya said.
The long-serving UNEB official will be replaced by Daniel Nokrach Odongo.
Some of the highlights
- A total of 101,268 candidates registered for 2015 UACE from 2,003 centres compared to 108,419 in 2014
- Female candidates performed better than males last year
- Females did better in History, IRE, CRE, General Paper, Geography, Economics, Literature and Sub-Maths
- Results of 279 candidates were withheld representing
- Schools rush through the syllabus and so students end up not grasping key concepts in subjects
- Art, Mathematics, Sub-Maths were among subjects most affected by exam malpractice.
- Malpractice was exhibited in collusion, use of unauthorized material and impersonation, according to Matthew Bukenya
- 103 Special Needs Education candidates registered: Blind (12), low vision (13), deaf (23), physical impairment (23) and others (32).
- Candidature has been falling in the last two years, registered candidates have decreased by 14,920 from 2013 - Bukenya
- Also, fewer female candidates (1.0%) were absent compared to males (1.7%)
Meanwhile, the government will next week launch a new technical schools' curriculum, aimed at raising the quality of teaching technical and vocational education in Uganda.
Education minister Major (rtd) Jessica Alupo has commended exams body Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) for releasing the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exam results in time.