UACE 2017: 1,141 students fail, results of 79 candidates withheld as girls outperform boys

The Ugandans National Examination Board (UNEB) has registered a decrease in the performance of students who sat for the 2017 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in examination.

Releasing the 2017 UACE results, the board’s executive secretary, Daniel Odongo says that only 34,819 students obtained at least three principal passes while 26,122 were able to obtain two principal passes.

Only 34,819 students obtained at least three principal passes while 26,122 were able to obtain two principal passes.

“1,141 students have failed to any principal pass in the exams,” says Mr Odongo.

He notes that at the minimum, two principal passes required for university admission, 60,941 candidates (60.7%) qualify.

He notes that when you compare the performance of candidates with the previous year, there is a drop in performance of candidates who sat for 2017 exams since fewer candidates have been able to obtain three principal passes.

Mr Odongo says Girls constituted 41.4% of the candidates who sat for the exams.

He says a total of 101,269 candidates registered for UACE in 2017 examination as compared to 104,243 in 2016- a decrease of 2,974 candidates.

A total of 41,932 female candidates registered for UACE in 2017.

“Whereas gender parity has been attained at UCE, at this level (UACE), the gap between males and females taking these exams is still wide with parity index of 0.7,” he said.

According to him, 98.5% of 101,269 candidates qualified for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level.

“Females performed better than males, with higher number of candidates scoring 3 principle passes,” Mr Odongo says.

In the meantime, UNEB says UACE results of 79 candidates from 24 centres have been withheld over malpractice.

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