A visit to selected schools in Mbale indicates that most of the students sitting for their final exams have not fully cleared their fees. Some of them have made partial payments while others have not deposited any amount for the final school term.
Of the total number of the registered candidates, 143,369 are USE candidates, while 167,161 are non-USE candidates. While the number of USE candidates has reduced this year, the number of non-USE candidates has short up by over 1500 candidates.
Head teachers across the country petitioned the board after discovering that the results had unimaginable errors. They argued that while students performed well in similar subjects like Mathematics and Physics, almost all candidates failed the Technical Drawing test.
A primary seven candidate of Atoroma Primary school,Toroma sub county in Katakwi district yesterday gave birth during the English Primary Leaving Examination paper. Monica Anyait (16) a resident of Apuuton village gave birth to a baby girl at Toroma Health Centre 3.
The candidates sitting at Ajali Anyena Primary Schools in Agago town council were drawn from the host school, Ajali Atede and Ajali Lajwaa primary schools. They are part of 124 pupils merged from the three schools to sit at the center by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).
Out of the total number of candidates who sat for UACE last year, only 24.8 percent registered for mathematics, 17.4 for physics, 8.2 for chemistry and 8.0 registered for biology. Entries in chemistry and biology dropped from 10.5% and 10.0 % in 2012 to the current low. Nearly 50 percent of the candidates who sat for the science subjects failed to obtain principal passes.
Schools across the country are likely to bear extra costs of accommodating students until they sit for the exams that were supposed to be sat on Tuesday, 15 October. Chemistry paper 545/3 Practicals, Music Aural and Power and Energy were postponed by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
Information emerging shows that an internal error may have forced Uganda National Examinations Boardâ€”UNEB to postpone todayâ€™s examination paper. Late yesterday, UNEB Secretary Matthew Bukenya announced the postponement of the Chemistry exam to allow Muslims enjoy Eid-Al Adhua celebrations. It now turns out the announcement came after several schools complained of a mismatch between the earlier instructions sent and the actual specimen delivered for the Chemistry paper.
However, at exactly, 21:14 hours, UNEB issued a press brief saying that the examinations had been postponed. According to a brief issued by the UNEB Principal Public Relations Officer, Hamis Kaheru, no date has been fixed yet. He says a new date will be communicated in due course.
Senior six students on Monday began sitting for their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education â€“ UACE examinations with Economic and a Biology practical which they described as easy. This year over 103,000 students are sitting for their UACE examination all over the country.
As the Primary Leaving Examinations get underway across the country tomorrow, the authority in Gulu district will be counting their luck to have finally discovered a solution to years of poor results in the exams.