70% to redo technical, vocational exams
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- Majority of students in technical and vocational institutions will redo their national examinations, according to the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) results released yesterday.
Mr John Twesigye, the UBTEB executive secretary, yesterday said at least 2,466 (31 per cent) candidates acquired all the necessary competencies in their respective programmes. He explained that these can proceed to further their education in addition to being employed.
However, he reported that results for 65 candidates were withheld pending investigations after it emerged that they were involved in exam malpractice.
“Students who didn’t get competencies in one or more courses shall be required to come back and sit for those papers at the time when the board next gives them. However, they will be issued with partial transcript showing various competencies acquired and should be allowed to join the world of work,” Mr Twesigye said during the release in Kampala.
Although performance in departmental programmes and Uganda Diploma in Business programmes has consistently been improving, Mr Twesigye said the November/December papers were poorly done.
For instance, 68 per cent of candidates who did departmental diplomas like wildlife and allied natural resource management, land surveying, meteorology, physical planning and cartography acquired limited competencies and will be given a chance to perfect their levels of competence while 70 per cent of those on certificate programmes did not get the competencies.
Students who will be required to perfect their competencies before being awarded certificates in National Diploma Business programmes accounted for 72 per cent.
For National Certificate Business programmes, 83 per cent of the students were unsuccessful and so were 78 per cent in Certificate Business programmes.
At least 41 per cent of students doing Uganda Diploma in Business acquired limited competencies in some but not subjects in their programmes.
It was not any different in technical courses where 78 per cent of the candidates were unsuccessful. National diploma in building and civil engineering was best done with 30.8 per cent female and 27.4 per cent male getting all competencies. Mr Twesigye noted that students on diploma in business programmes showed lack of adequate knowledge in Mathematics, short hand and French.
Education minister Jessica Alupo said the government is in the process of providing kits to successful candidates which will help them start work immediately they leave school.
“We need people who will go in the field and resist the temptation of reducing on the amount of material to be used to avoid collapsing buildings. The government will begin to provide kits to candidates who have completed successfully so that they can be self-employed immediately they leave school,” Ms Alupo said.
She reported that Mr Twesigye had been appointed as regional liaison officer for east and central Africa by the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA).
The examining body attributed the poor performance to late admissions which gives little time for both students and tutors to study and prepare for the examinations. It was also reported that there are unqualified tutors especially in private institutions.
“The curriculum was not well rolled out for technical diploma programmes as lecturers were not oriented on the competence-based education and training curriculum,” Mr Twesigye said.