Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) has on Thursday released the Uganda Advance Certificate of Education (UACE) results in Kampala.
A total of 104,481 candidates sat for exams at 1,982 centres as compared to 99512 students in 2018.
A total of 43,625 females registered for the 2019 exams compared to 41,296 the year before but the gap between the males and females taking exams at this level is still high.
According to Dan Odongo, the Executive Secretary UNEB, 38,737 got three principal passes an improvement from the previous year’s 36,656.
Also, more candidates qualified for tertiary intuition as compared to 2018.
Odongo noted that female candidates, although fewer, performed better than the boys in both science and Arts subjects.
The failure rate of the girls is also lower at 0.9 per cent.
Odongo said students failed to perform well in certain subjects because they could not interpret some questions, especially those that required a high level of thinking.
And in science subjects like Biology, he blamed teachers for encouraging students to do cram work than learning, something that forced students to give wrong answers. He also blamed this year’s poor performance in science subjects to poor exposure of students to practices.
Subjects with highest number of As
Mathematics – 8.3 per cent
Physics – 4.1 per cent
Chemistry – 2.5 per cent
History – 2.3 per cent
Art – 2.1 per cent
Entrepreneurship Education – 1.9 per cent
Literature – 1.8 per cent
Christian Religious Education 1.1 per cent
General Paper – 0.5 per cent
Economics – 0.5 per cent
Agriculture – 0.5 per cent
Biology – 0.4 per cent
Geography – 0.2 per cent
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