Education Minister Janet Museveni releasing the 2018 PLE exams.

The executive Secretary of UNEB, Dan Odongo, has said examination malpractices has gone down as Female candidates outperformed their male counterparts in the 2018 Uganda advanced certificate of education (UACE) examination results that has just released at presidents offices adjacent to Parliament.

Last year, UNEB registered a total of 99,576 candidates for UACE exams from 2,094 centres compared to 101,269 candidates from 1918 centres in 2017, a decrease of 1,693 candidates. 1,052 however didn’t show up for exams.

“UNEB has only withheld results of 91 candidates from 21 centres. The most common forms of examination breaches have been external assistance,” revealed Mr. Odong adding that malpractice has greatly decreased.

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Speaking at the releasing of exams, Odongo, said Centre number U2804 allocated to Seesa High School, Kakungube is being withdrawn for gross violation of examination regulations both at UCE and UACE.

Mr. Odongo said, female candidates performed better than male counterparts at the principal level pass in Arts, Physics and Agriculture however Male candidates were better in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and General paper.

“The failure rate among female candidates is also lower at 0.8 per cent than for all the male at 1.8 per cent, this scenario is similar to that of 2017,” he said.

He said, Good performance were exhibited by candidates from mainly the traditional government schools and some of the better established private schools. These candidates demonstrated adequate knowledge of the subject matter.

Minister for higher education John Chrysostom Muyingo who received examination results of behave of the minister of education who doubles as the first lady Janet Museveni, said incidences of examination malpractices has gone down and pledged that Government will support UNEB in all forms to eliminate this vice.

“The Country should know that the war against examination malpractices is like that against corruption. It’s a war that must be fought by all of us,” he said.­­