According to the results, 63,123 candidates representing 64.7 secured 2 principal passes, which is required for university entry compared to 60,941 in 2017. A total of 83,536 candidates scored 1 principal pass and 2 subsidiary passes compared to 83,301 in 2017. These qualify for admission to other tertiary institutions.
Janet Museveni while speaking at the release of the 2018 Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE examination results on Thursday said that districts have been diverting the funds for other activities. She says that the funds are budgeted strictly for school inspection and not anything else.
Last week, UNEB announced that the results for 244 pupils from seven schools in Ntoroko district were withheld over allegations of exam malpractices. The affected schools are Masaka Primary School, Masojo Primary School, Butungama Primary School, Budiba Primary School, Kamuhiigi Primary School and Kabimbiri Primary School.
The current policy allows the candidates to meet the UNEB appointed official on the day they are sitting for examinations. The transcribers are tasked to take dictations from the special needs candidate who may have a special need impinging upon their ability to write or read independently.
Musa Kayongo, the Rakai District Police Commander, says police was forced to pick up the school head teacher after failing to explain why he didnt buy the materials in time yet he received money for the materials.
Sseninde says several parents have raised a red flag and blamed school heads for charging exorbitant fees for school trips. She explains that some schools organize trips, which do not add any significance to the school syllabus.
Dan N Odongo says that schools should specify why they are charging more money instead of rounding it up as lump sum under UNEB fees. Schools need to specify why they are charging more money instead of terming it as UNEB registration fees because this is giving us a bad name yet we are innocent.
Odongo explains that while the number or candidates who had access to the leaked exams is still unknown, UNEB can comfortably say very few candidates actually used the leaked papers to pass their examinations.
While some parents, candidates and schools were rejoicing on Friday after the release of the results of the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations,16 year old Amina Kagoya who wants to become a teacher one day might have to repeat Primary Seven next year because she did not get a second grade.
Following the release of examinations where it was revealed that the number of candidature in some districts has stopped due to pre-registration tests that determine whether pupils will be registered, the minister of education ordered for the immediate stop of the act and threatened to revoke UNEB center number for schools that do not comply.
The examinations were started in 2006 to cater for schools that did not have laboratories. An estimated 5,000 students out of the 326,149 that were registered to sit for the 2017 examinations did the practical exams.
Two major examination halls in Kampala remained closed during the national examination season as no paper was administered there. Today morning, as Senior Six candidates countrywide were sitting for Literature Paper I and Physics Practicals, both examination halls managed were locked.
Senior four candidates that do German language as a subject were on Thursday forced to leave part of the examination undone after it was discovered that a section of the paper did not match the questions set. Samuel Gittah, Director of Studies at Mengo Senior School, one of the schools affected, says they discovered after the exam had started that two parts of the paper did not match. Gittah says the dictation part of the exam did not match the questions that were set.