Candidates who offer the national German examination were stuck on Thursday when the paper was recalled by the Uganda National Examinations Board for alleged inconsistencies. URN later learnt that the paper contained a section that was meant for Advanced Level Learners.
The announcement comes at the backdrop of a poor performance of science subjects across the country. The 2016 Uganda Certificate of Education results that were released today indicate that only 45 percent candidates reached the minimum competency level. Physics was recorded as the worst performed subject overall.
While releasing the 2016 Uganda Certificate of Education UCE results at the Office of the Prime Minister OPM in kampala, UNEB chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol indicated that the results were withheld due to suspected examination malpractice.
A total of 6,652 out of the 323,276 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 6,655 absentees registered the previous year, according to figures released by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB.
Rain, heavy road traffic and absence of invigilators have caused delays in the delivery and commencement of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE examinations in many sitting centres around Kampala.
Most of the schools had the briefing of candidates in the morning, while a few did in the afternoon. In Mvara Secondary School in Arua Municipality, the exercise took place in the morning with the school administrators asking students to be composed and to avoid panicking.
At Bukuku secondary school, the laboratory is dilapidated and was last used three years ago. Nicholas Musinguzi, a science teacher says the school needs about shs 400 million to construct a 3-room science laboratory in order to comply with the Ministry\'s policy on the teaching of science subjects.
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.
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.
The female student sought the intervention of the Districtâ€™s education authorities after the school administration barred her from sitting for her final exams on grounds that she had not cleared her school dues. Nyabikoni secondary school is a private school owned by Rev. Fr. Christopher Busingye.
The head teacher of Rwenzori Saad Islamic Institute-Kyanzi in Mpondwe-Lubiriha town council in Kasese district was on Monday remanded to Mubuku prison as his students started their â€œOâ€ level examinations.
Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba, had sought for an interim court injunction stopping UNEB from conducting tomorrowâ€™s exams, a move they said is contrary to the Constitution and the Public Holidays Act. Tomorrow is Idd-Ul- Adhua, a day when Muslims sacrifice to God.
Police had to intervene to help 31 candidates from Soroti Community Secondary school in Soroti Municipality to sit for todayâ€™s UNEB papers. The students had been denied entry into the examinations room over failure to clear school fees.