UCE results: Results of 1,825 candidates held

Results of at least 1,825 candidates who sat for the 2018 Uganda Certificate of Education  (UCE) have been withheld by the examinations body, Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).

The candidates are part of the 330,721 candidates that sat for the examinations in 2018 compared to 320,119 candidates who appeared for the examination in 2017.

The withheld results are due to suspected examination practices.

UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo meanwhile reported a 3.3 percent increase in the number of candidates that for the exams.

“This year Candidature increased by 9,223 (3.3%) from 326,212 in 2017 to 335,435. Of these, 152,278 (45.4%) were USE beneficiaries,” Odongo said.

He also reported a reduction in the gap between male and female candidates representing a ratio of 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent.

Among the candidates, 358 were candidates with special needs given their forms of disabilities.

There were 40 candidates who sat for the exams from Luzira prison serving various sentences. Among them, seven passed in division two while 20 passed in division three.

Overall, 288,387 candidates passed compared to the 287,350 candidates who passed in 2017.

Odongo reported a decline in the performance of Christian Religious Education, History, Geography, Agriculture and Chemistry.

UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo

“There is still a challenge in overall pass levels for science subjects where nearly half of the candidates have not achieved the minimum pass 8 level. Chemistry was the worst done subject,” Odongo said.

“In sciences, the problems have remained the same as in recent years. Candidates experienced problems in the handling of apparatus during the practical tests as well as making and recording observations and drawing conclusions from those observations,” he added.

The best done subjects were English language, Islamic religious Education and Physics.

Mathematics and Biology also showed improvement at the distinction level, Odongo said.

The Chairperson of UNEB Prof Mary Okwakol reported that female candidates performed better than male candidates in English as they have been doing consistently in other years although male candidates performed better in other subjects.

First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni (C) State Minister for Higher Education Dr JC Muyingo (R) and Prof Mary Okwakol listen to UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo during the release of UCE results at Statistics House in Kampala.

She also refuted reports that UNEB had corrected results of a parent who appealed the grades of his child who sat for last year’s Primary Leaving Exams (PLE).

She said that while no appeals related to the 2018 PLE results has been been handled, no individual parent can make an appeal to UNEB unless through the headteachers and District Education Officers.

“Schools should not blame UNEB for poor performance of students. Schools should instead get down and find out what the problem is,” Prof  Okwakol said.