Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2013 Uganda Certificate of Education, showing a decline in performance compared to 2012 results.
Out of the 289,012 candidates that sat the UCE examinations, 2001 passed in division one, 34,893 in division two, 57,947 passed in division three while 139,597 candidates were in division four.
A total of 25,229 candidates failed completely.
The overall percentage of the candidates that obtained division one is 7.0 percent, less than 7.2 for 2012. While girls did well in arts subjects, boys out-competed the girls in science subjects.
While releasing the results today, Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary, said sciences continue to be poorly done with Chemistry the worst done science subject. He says there is lack of practical skills among the candidates in science subjects. Bukenya also says candidates could not effectively construct graphs.
UNEB chairperson Fagil Mandy says the poor performance in science subjects is a reflection of either little or no teaching in schools. He says there is gross understaffing of teachers for science subjects which has negatively impacted on the performance of students. He has challenged the Education Ministry to address the shortfall so that results can improve.
Jessica Alupo, the Minister of Education and Sports, says the drop in performance is due to increased enrolment in secondary schools. She says the number of candidates increased by over 26,000 and therefore it affected the overall performance.
Alupo says the ministry is working on a programme to address poor performance. She says more teachers will be recruited in the next financial year to cater for the high number of students.
Over 1600 results have been withheld pending investigations on allegations of malpractices during the examinations. Twenty three schools in 20 districts are affected.
Bukenya says those suspected to have been involved in the malpractices will be invited to defend themselves before the examination security committee before a final decision is taken.