Uganda National Examination Board has revealed that 98.6 per cent of the total 101, 301 students that sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education have qualified for an award of the certificate.
The revelation was made during the official release of 2019, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education results by UNEB Executive Secretary Mr. Daniel Odongo at the office of the president.
The results saw a considerable increase in the success rate at 98.6 per cent overall pass of which 63 per cent will be able to apply to tertiary institutions.
Out of the 103,301 candidates who sat for the exams, 101,868 have been able to obtain a principal pass during the exams. The 101,868 students sat their exams at 2,298 centres across the country.
According to the results, a total of 38,737 obtained three principle passes, 26,986 have obtained two principle passes and 23,327 have obtained one principle pass while a total of 12,828 have obtained a subsidiary.
A total of 1,433 candidates have not been able to obtain any principle pass and therefore obtained F and are supposed to repeat.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni released the exams
UNEB Chairperson, Prof. Mary Okwakol highlighted the achievement scored by UNEB and also noted the improvement registered by female candidate in the exams.
“Despite the fact that female candidates were few, they performed better than their male counterparts at all levels. The failure rates among female candidates are also lower at 0.9 per cent as compared to their male counterparts at 1.7” She noted.
UNEB also revealed that a total of 1047 candidates were absent and unable to sit while results of 126 candidates were withheld due to breech of rules and regulations.
UNEDB further pointed out the low number of students taking sciences compared to the arts and further blamed the schools and their stringent teaching methods as the cause of the poor turn up in science students and appealed to the schools to encourage more students to take up sciences.
The number of candidates with special needs also increased from 177 in 2018 to 205 in 2019 with the best results coming from a blind student called Denis Kaalalagho from Iganga S.S. where he scored B, B, A in History, CRE and Literature and an additional subsidiary passes in General Paper and Computer studies.