Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has Friday released the exam results for the Uganda Certificate Examination (UCE) that were done late last year.
The exam results that were released by Education Minister Hon Janet Museveni at the Office of the President in Kampala, showed a slight improvement in performance from the previous results.
A total of 337720 candidates sat the 2019 exams, a 2285 (0.7%) increase from the previous year.
According to Uneb Chairperson Mary Okwakol, 398 more females registered and sat the S4 exams than the males, which is the first of its kind.
Mrs Okwarol, revealed however that while UNEB has continued its fight against cheating, a total of 1262 results were withheld.
“Uneb received a lot of support from the public; many sent us warnings of possible malpractice while others sent us tips of ongoing malpractice,” she said.
“These reports together with the measures put in place by the board ensured that the 2019 exams were smooth and free from leakage.”
For the 1262 withheld results, Mrs Okwakol said the affected students had been notified through their school head teachers and would be accorded a hearing.
“They (students) will be accompanied by their head teachers, school committee members and also some local politicians have been invited. We are doing this because in some cases results being withheld has been interpreted by some as politically motivated.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Okwakol noted that while there was slight improvement in the girls’ performance in Biology, which used to fail them in the past, the overall performance of girls in math and science subjects has continued to deteriorate.
“We think there needs to be an investigation to look into the factors leading to this phenomenon, to find ways to address it.”