Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] has released the 2015 Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] results.
Releasing the results at UMA show grounds in Lugogo, Uneb board chair, Mary Okwakwol, said performance in science and mathematics was below expectation.
“Math and sciences were the worst performed subjects.”
She attributed this to few or no teachers with the ones available shared between the schools.
Prof Mary Okwakol said there was an improvement in passes at the higher divisions.
Results of 2,060 candidates were withheld on suspicion of examination malpractice.
Prof Okwakol said malpractice was mainly in form of assistance from teachers mostly in science subjects.
UNEB Secretary, Mathew Bukenya, on the other hand, said there was an increase in number of centres by 309.
The UCE exams were held between 12th October and 17th November 2015.
About 143,746 [44.9%] were USE beneficiaries while 325 students were registered in the special needs category and allowed an extra 45 minutes.
42 of the special needs students were blind, 43 with low vision, 90 deaf, 53 physically handicapped and others.
Nine prisoners in Luzira prison passed in First Grade in an exam Bukenya says was conducted successfully with no leakages.
“All 38 candidates from Luzira Prison were male; 4 passed in Division 1 with the best scoring 20 aggregates [Div 1 – 4, Div 2- 9, Div 3 -12, Div 4 – 13],” Bukenya said.
According to Bukenya, there was an increase in absenteeism from 1.4% to 2.1% from previous year.
Overall, males performed better than females who were better in English and CRE.
“Practicals started late at many centers. Setting up for practicals in rural areas was a challenge.”
He added: “60% of students in physics and chemistry were unable to demonstrate minimum competence to be graded.”
Although there were no leakages, Bukenya cited cases of impersonation, collusion and external assistance.
Bukenya said in sciences, there is lack of practical teaching, despite ministry of Education efforts, candidates found problems in handling apparatus.
“I encourage those who didn’t do well to try it again.”
Bukenya said results have been uploaded on school portals. School heads can download them from the comfort of their offices.
Results slips will be made available from UNEB offices starting 2pm.
“To get the #UCE2015 results on your phone: Type UCE<space>INDEX NUMBER then send to 6600.”