By Kabuye Ronald
The Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB has released the Uganda certificate of education-UCE results for the year 2016 with a slight decline in performance as compared to 2015.
The executive secretary UNEB Dan N. Odongo says the poor performance was due to a drop in English language, mathematics and sciences especially in practical’s adding that the boys performed better than girls despite an improvement in gender parity which stands at 48.3 to 51.8 girls to boy’s ratio.
The number of candidature increased by 10,105, from 316.624 to 323,276 amongst whom 48.7% were beneficiaries of the Universal Secondary Education. However 6,652 students who registered never appeared for the examination.
A total of 366 of the candidates were special needs, 47 were Luzira prison inmates.
Odongo also highlighted the persistent challenges responsible for poor performance as amongst others Language Deficiency, poor performance in science subjects and poor comprehension.
Results for 1893 students from 86 centers have been withheld pending investigations. Some of the schools include Jakays SS Kabowa and lutembe boarding school.
UNEB also revealed its plans to launch a new system dubbed school effectiveness measure that will grade the best performing schools since media only considers those that passed in division one as opposed to efforts put in.
Unlike the other times when head teachers had to get the result lists from UNEB headquarters, this time UNEB has automatically uploaded the results on school portals were now schools can download from.
Furthermore the pass slips of students have also been released and now teachers can pick them from UNEB headquarters.