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Jubilant students of Noah’s Ark Secondary School, Rubaga, who excelled in the UCE examination. Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga was  the best performing school.

Jubilant students of Noah’s Ark Secondary School, Rubaga, who excelled in the UCE examination. Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga was the best performing school. PHOTO BY YUSUF MUZIRANSA. 

By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Posted  Saturday, February 9  2013 at  02:00

In Summary

A total of 1,332 schools countrywide fell below the 50 per cent mark ranked on the basis of Division One scores.

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Traditional powerhouse Namilyango College has dropped eight places from last year as a top performer while Mt. St. Mary’s
Namagunga bounced back to the top of the best performing schools in O-Level exams.

Namagunga had 135 students, of which 134 passed in Division One, registering 99 per cent. Its remaining candidate passed in
Division Seven while Namilyango, which led the pack with 100 per cent in Division One last year, had only 171 candidates in
Division One, representing 94 per cent and other 10 candidates, one was in Division Three and the rest in Division Two.

This shows the poor performance in the 2012 UCE exams where the general performance dropped compare to that of 2011.
St. Mary’s College Kisubi, which was in the fourth position in 2011 , took the second position this time round, displacing
Gayaza High School, which dropped to the 14th position. Gayaza has for the last 10 ten years featured among the top
performers.

Of the 191 candidates who sat for exams at Kisubi, 189 passed in Division One and one candidate was in Division Two.
A little known Nadiket Seminary of Moroto made it to the top 10, posting an impressive 93 per cent after 14 of its 15
registered a Division One performance. Last year, Nadiket was in the 19th position with 87 per cent in Division One.
Others in the top 10 compared to last year are St Mary’ SS-Kitende, Uganda Martyrs SS, Namugongo, Ntare School, London
Collegue of St. Lawrence, and St. Henry’s College, Kitovu.

Notre Dame Academy, Buseesa in Mubende, which was among the top 10 last year, appeared in the 20th position, just behind
Trinity College-Nabbingo, Turkish Academy, Naalya SS-Namugongo, Nabisunsa Girls and St. Joseph’s Voc. SS-Mbarara. Kings College Budo, who have always made it among top 10, dropped to places outside that coveted class.

A total of 1,332 schools countrywide fell below the 50 per cent mark ranked on the basis of Division One scores. At least 342 registered as single percentage point while 104 schools failed to get a single Division One student.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com