By Fred Kiva
Results of 4,525 candidates have been withheld over examination malpractice, as the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) releases the 2017 Uganda Certificate of Education Examination (UCE) results.
Prof Mary Okwakol, the UNEB Chairperson noted that the results from the various examination centers were withheld following credible evidence that the candidates engaged in examination malpractice.
“UNEB is obliged under the law to nullify results, if malpractice is proven,” she said.
Meanwhile, UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo revealed that results indicate a general improvement in performance, compared to the previous year.
“There was a 2.4percent improvement in upper grades and a 4percent overall improvement,” Odongo revealed.
The results further indicate that 9.9percent of the candidates passed in Division 1 compared to 7.5percent in 2016.
Officially releasing the results, State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo, who represented the First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni spoke tough against examination malpractice.
“Examination malpractice is like a cancer which will destroy our education system and the human resource of the country,” the Minister noted, adding that government will work with UNEB to increase examination security.
326,212 candidates sat for last year’s ‘O’ Level exams in 3,332 examination centers across the country.
According to the results released today, boys performed better than girls at 11.49percent compared to the girls’ 8.4percent.
Best, Worst Districts
Meanwhile, students in Wakiso and Kampala districts registered the best performance while Bukwo and Butaleja districts in Sebei sub region trailed.
Wakiso had 7,000 students in division one while Kampala posted 3,895. Other districts that registered an impressive performance are Mukono, Mbarara, and Luweero.
Kween, Kapchorwa, Bullisa, Bulambuli, Pallisa, Sironko, Busia, Kasese and Bududa are some of the other districts whose UCE results weren’t as impressive.