Dan Odong, Executive Secretary of UNEB. Photo credit New Vision.

Despite government laying emphasis on the study of sciences, most candidates who sat for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) opted for arts subjects.

Speaking at the release of the UACE results today at the Prime Minister’s Office Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Chairperson Professor Mary Okwakol said the candidates top four ‘district performance’ in respect to three principle passes was led by Mukono with 52.9 per cent; Wakiso with 47.7; Kampala with 45.2 per cent and Mbarara with 32.9 percent.

And, delivering a detailed report, the UNEB Executive Secretary Daniel Odong said 104, 234 candidates registered for UACE in 2016, compared to 101, 268 in 2015, implying the candidature improved by 2.9 percent. According to Odong, 39, 797 candidates got three principal passes; 27, 831 got two principal passes, while 21, 031 got one principal pass. Further, he said, 12, 836 candidates got one subsidiary pass, while 1, 363 candidates failed.

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Mr Odong said 64 results from 11 centres had been held, a remarkable drop from 279 cases in UACE 2015, noting that Economics and science subjects were poorly done, with biology the worst performed subject.

Overall, many candidates qualified for university and tertiary education, and girls performed better than boys.