Boys beat girls in science subjects- Bukenya

Friday February 27 2015

By Monitor Reporter

Boys performed better than girls in science subjects in the just released 2014 UACE exam results, Mr Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB executive secretary has said.
According to Mr Bukenya, Female candidates performed better at A to E in History, Economics, Islam, Literature, General Paper and Subsidiary Mathematics.
A total of 108,419 candidates registered for the 2014 UACE exams from 1,803 centres compared to 116,190 candidates from 1,110 centres in 2013. However, a total of 107,297 candidates appeared for exams, compared to 114,380 in 2013.
The results released today at the ministry of Education offices in Kampala also revealed that 59.8% of the candidates who sat for the exams got two Principal Passes and thus qualify to join university.
A total of 36,666 (34.2%) candidates got three principle passes in 2014 as compared to 32,829 (28.7%) candidates in 2013. However, 1,741 (1.6%) candidates failed the 2014 UACE exams as compared to 3,072 (2.7%) in 2013.
Mr Bukenya blamed failure to understand keywords that define the question for poor results for some candidates, adding that cases of malpractice increased from 34 to 173 and the results have been withheld.
Prof Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson, said the number of students opting for sciences continues to be low and added that the number of female candidates registering for sciences is also worrying.
The Education minister, Ms Jessica Alupo asked UNEB and government to investigate the higher drop rates in the UACE candidature.
“I ask the UNEB to investigate the real cause of the drop in the UACE candidature. Despite this drop however, it is pleasing to note that candidates benefiting form government scholarships has improved,” she said.
Mr Alupo also observed that Kalangala, Kiboga, Kotido, Moroto, Nebbi and Isingiro districts had 0% absence of candidates during the 2014 UACE exams.