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Alupo cites sex in poor UCE results, cancels centre numbers  


Prof Okwakwol [L] and Alupo [C] at the release of UCE exams today

Education minister, Jessica Alupo, has directed Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] to withdraw all center numbers of schools that have ‘persistently engaged in malpractice’.

“I condemn the examination malpractice, it affects the quality of the education system, erodes credibility of academic awards,” the minister said while speaking at the release of 2015 UCE results at UMA show grounds in Lugogo Friday.

“I am directing UNEB to withdraw center numbers from schools reported in malpractice.”

This came after Uneb chair, Prof Mary Okwakol, revealed that results of 2060 students have been withheld on suspicion of examination malpractice.

Minister Alupo said there was need to show concern given the poor performance in Biology, an essential for the field of medicine.

“I encourage teachers to utilise the laboratory facilities provided by the government through the Ministry of Education.”

She added: “I admit that inadequate number of science is still a challenge. This is a problem that government is working hard to solve.”

She said the number of candidates suspected of participating in exam malpractice is worrying given instances of external assistance.

She noted that the process of amending UNEB Act which will provide for stiffer punishments in case of malpractice almost complete.

She revealed that there were no leakages recorded and that the number of candidates at this level increased, meaning transition from primary to secondary is higher school.

Alupo, meanwhile, cited pre-marital sex as one of the reasons that leads to poor performance in exams.

Minister Alupo noted that the results were coming more than 3 weeks earlier than those of 2014.

“The number of girls is half the total number of students who sat for UCE 2015. Gender parity has improved.”

“UNEB has embraced the use of technology. Now, head teachers can remotely access UCE 2015 results.”


Minister Alupo said UGX133 billion has been allocated to both primary and secondary school teachers this FY.

“UGX2.7 billion has been transferred to the teachers’ SACCOs and we are working hard to transfer more.”

S.5 selections

“Selection of S5 students to take place between February 11 & 12, 2016,” Alupo announced.

She said Senior 5 students will report on February 22 “when we are still celebrating the victory by NRM”.

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