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.
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.
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.
The move is to ensure that there are no more leakages as secondary school candidates sail through the final lap of the examination cycle. Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE examinations are scheduled to end on October 20, while UACE will continue until December 5, 2017.
Dan Nokrach Odongo, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB, says they first heard about the UCE leak in Kampala when one of the suspects called a head teacher of unspecified school and informed him that they have examinations.
In the just concluded Primary Leaving Examinations PLE, some pupils registered in Kampala are reported to have sat their examinations in centres upcountry. Some schools registered as many as four absentee candidates. Dan Nokratch Odongo, Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB, says the exams body has mechanisms to weed out double registration.
Primary Seven candidates walked out of their last examination papers on Friday afternoon with smiles and looks of relief upon their faces. An estimated 646,000 pupils sat for this years Primary Leaving Examinations PLE that began on Thursday. According to Uganda National Examination Board UNEB, 51.6 percent of the candidates were female.