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2019 UCE Results analysis and Summary

The 2019 UCE results were released on 31st January 2020 by the Minister of Education and Sports.

Here is the summary of the 2019 UCE Results

Despite the challenges that Ugandans may have faced, the 2019 candidates’ registered for Uganda Certificate of Examination was 0.7% more than those of 2018.

More than 92% of candidates passed a number higher than the 87%, who passed in 2018, though more than 49% failed physics and chemistry papers.

It’s important to also state that it’s the first time for more UCE girls to register more than boys, more so over 400 Special Needs Education candidates registered for the 2019 UCE examinations unlike the over 340 in 2018.

The total increase in numbers

Candidature increased from 335,435 in 2018 to 337,720. Of these 144,256 were USE candidates. The number of female candidates exceeded that of males by 398. 

In 2019, 333,060 candidates turned up for the examination compared to 330,721 candidates who turned up for the examination in 2018. 

 

Year
Candidates Registered
Candidates who sat
Absentees
% Absent
2019
337,720
333,060
4,660
1.37
2018
335,435
330,721
4,721
1.41
2017
326,212
320,119
6,093
1.86
2016
323,276
316,624
6,652
2.05
2015
313,162
306,507
6,655
2.13

 Overall Performance

For some specific subjects, there was a general improvement in performance such as in Biology, Geography, Agriculture, Chemistry, and Art, unfortunately for subjects such as English language, History, and Commerce, candidates didn’t perform as expected.

Withstanding the above Female candidates performed better in the English language than their male counterparts. Despite this, male candidates showed better performance in other subjects.

 

Division

2019 2018
No. of cands %

age

Cumm

No. of cands

Cumm % No. of cands %

age

Cumm

No. of

Cands

Cumm %
1 27,842 8.4 27,842 8.4 27,696 8.4 27,812 8.4
2 58,575 17.6 86,417 26.0 52,706 16.0 80,734 24.4
3 77,289 23.2 163,706 49.2 70,347 21.3 151,305 45.7
4 143,218 43.0 306,924 92.2 137,058 41.5 288,387 87.2
9 26,136 7.8 330,060 42,334 12.8 330,721

More than 49.9% of the students failed Physics and Chemistry papers i.e of 333,060 students, 166,530, these two subjects.

According to UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo, there has been an overall improvement in a number of subjects; the overall pass levels for science subjects are still low.

The Executive Secretary attributes this to the inability of candidates in handling the apparatus during practical tests as well as marking and recording observations.

“Examiners have reported that the cause of these inadequacies lies in the fact teachers do not integrate the teaching of theory and practices,” said Odongo.

Mrs Janet Museveni has blamed schools for only teaching theory and ignoring practical subjects.

 

Subject 

2019 2018
No. of Cands 0.6 36.0 77.2 No. of Cands 0.7 42.1 80.3
2 6 8 2 6 8
English Lang 332,837 0.6 36.0 77.2 330,058 0.7 42.1 80.3
Christian Rel. Ed 230,977 4.4 40.5 72.3 228,394 4.9 42.3 75.3
Islam Rel. Ed 33,807 12.2 60.9 85.4 31,953 19.4 67.5 87.6
History 332,885 2.7 37.2 59.2 329,112 4.5 46.1 67.8
Geography 331,814 3.8 66.6 85.3 329,929 1.5 44.8 71.0
Mathematics 332,983 3.9 32.6 60.7 330,080 4.4 33.3 60.7
Agriculture 192,819 1.8 42.4 75.0 198,443 0.9 34.2 67.3
Physics 332,620 0.6 14.2 46.8 329,611 0.7 15.9 51.7
Chemistry 332,638 1.4 15.5 54.6 329,713 1.1 14.2 46.5
Biology 332,708 0.5 31.5 70.0 329,828 0.7 23.5 53.5
Art (IPS) 88,497 1.0 82.7 99.9 80,109 1.2 66.0 99.2
Commerce 171,847 2.8 36.1 54.9 188,185 5.5 45.6 63.7

 Best Special Needs candidate was Ndyamuhaki Godwin

A total of 410 Special Needs Education candidates registered for the 2019 examination, compared to 357 in 2018.

These included 36 blind candidates, 87 low vision candidates, 60 deaf candidates, 26 dyslexics and 78 physically handicapped. There were 123 candidates with other forms of disability that only needed to be given extra time.

It was confirmed that adequate arrangements had been made for these candidates, such as modification of questions, provision of questions written in Braille form, providing support personnel for the handicapped and dyslexics, and sign language interpreters for the deaf. 

Candidates with low vision were given question papers with enlarged print to enable them to read more easily and all Special Needs Education candidates were given 45 extra minutes in each paper.

Exams withheld, fewer cheats this time

UNEB has withheld UCE results of 1,262 candidates over examination malpractices, compared to 1,825 UCE results withheld in 2019.

The Executive Secretary attributed the reduction of withheld results in severe security measures.

“The measures put in place resulted in a welcome reduction in the cases of malpractice,” Odongo said.

The board last year introduced new security measures such as; the use of electronic locks at examination storage centres, delaying the pickup time of the examination papers and increasing the number of security officers to monitor the examination.

Prof Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson explained that UNEB received a lot of support from the public during the examination period.

“We had a lot of support from the public. We were informed of possible cases of examination malpractice ahead in time, “Prof Okwakol said.

All schools whose results have been withheld have been informed and a hearing is scheduled in two weeks, in which these schools will explain themselves.

It should be remembered that of the 1,825 results withheld in 2018 only 739 were able to get their results, meaning 1086 results were cancelled.

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