UNEB ED, Dan Odongo

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has today released the 2020 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examination results.

Results were officially released in a ceremony held at State House Nakasero presided over by the Minister for Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni, in the presence of UNEB Executive Director Dan Odongo and UNEB Chairperson Mary Okwakol.

“I congratulate those who have performed well in this examination. While the attraction of university education appears to remain strong, I wish to appeal to our young people to consider taking advantage of the opportunities available in tertiary and vocational institutions,” janet Museveni said.

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The Board conducted the examinations between 12th April and 3rd May, 2021 under the theme “Integrity and Security in the Management of Examinations; the Health and Safety of the Learners is a joint Responsibility”.

Ninety eight thousand three hundred ninety two (98,392) candidates registered for the 2020 UACE examination from 1,952 centres compared to 104,476 candidates from 2,094 centres in 2019.

Forty one thousand, one hundred ninety (41,190) female candidates registered for UACE in 2020 compared to 43,625 in 2019. Females constituted 41.9 percent of the total number of candidates who took the examination in 2020.

The UNEB Exexutive Director Dan Odongo said the rate of absenteeism of candidates at UACE in 2020 has remained about the same at 1 percent in 2019, and has been reducing over the last five years.

An analysis of the overall candidates’ performance in the examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates (99.2 percent) qualified for the award of the UACE, more than the 98.6 percent of 2019. There is better overall performance than that of 2019.

“At the minimum two Principals level required for University admission, 68,013 candidates (69.8 percent) qualify, which is 2,290 more than in 2019. In cases where one Principal and two Subsidiary passes levels are considered for admission to other tertiary institutions, 89.3 percent of the candidates will qualify,” Odongo said.

In terms of percentages, female candidates performed better than their male counterparts at the principal level pass (A-E) in Arts (Humanities), Mathematics and Physics.

Male candidates were better in Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Art, and General Paper. Female entries for the Sciences and Mathematics have remained far lower than that of the males. Only 26.7 percent sat for Mathematics, 6.9 percent for Physics, 13.2 percent for Chemistry; and 12.3 percent for Biology.

According to Odongo, cases of malpractice at this level have remained low. The reported ones have been mainly external assistance in Mathematics, Biology and Computer studies. “In accordance with Section 4 (3) of the UNEB Act, 2021, the Board, has withheld those results and will accord the affected candidates a fair hearing before passing a final verdict,” he said.

“UACE results have been uploaded on each centre portal and heads of centre can download the results. Hard copies of the results will be available from UNEB Ntinda offices when the situation becomes more favourable. All centres will be informed accordingly.”

Interested persons may access the results of individual candidates through SMS by typing UACE, leave a space then type the correct index number of the candidate, e.g. U0000/501 and send to 6600.