The Minister of Education and Sports Jessica Alupo on Thursday released the 2012 Uganda Certificate of Education results showing a slump in performance compared to 2011 from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent .
The results were released at a press conference held at Statistics House in Kampala with a call to schools to offer students remedial exams.
According to Mathew Bukenya, the Uganda National Examination Board chairman, there was a 30.7% registered drop in the performance. He however promised to carry out investigations to establish the cause of this slump.
He however said exams were leakage free while other malpractices decreased by 30 percent adding that there was improvement in maths, chemistry and biology with the Percentage of students involved in exam malpractices dropping by 30%.
Completion rate of students was the same in 2012 unlike other years where many girls dropped out before the exam.
47.3% of those who sat the exams were girls who performed better at English and Literature in English. Boys beat their counterparts in all other subjects.
262,987 candidates sat for the exams with 7.2% passing in division one, 16.6% division 2, 25.4% division 3, 45.7% in division 4 while 5.1% failed.
Wakiso was the best performing district with 10931 first grade students while Kampala came second with 2726 first grades.
There was good news for Luzira prison inmates where no failure was recorded. 26 Luzira inmates sat for the exams, 8 Passed in division one, 9 in division two, 4 in division three, and 5 in division four.
While speaking at the conference, UNEB chairman Fagil Mandy blamed the poor performance on love affairs and poor time management advising students to watch their company and attitudes.
Failure to conduct science practicals and reliance on theory was also cited as one of the causes of failure.
The Results for over 1000 students were withheld; Semiliki High School, Buvule, Central College, Mbale School for the deaf, Gaba Parents High, Albert SS in Hoima. Nyenga Seminary are some of the schools affected.
There was Poor performance in English recorded and those was as a result of the failure by candidates to get the reasoning in the key words used in passages
Bukenya faulted some private schools which he accused of helping students to cheat the practical exams.