The UNEB Executive Secretary, Dan Odongo, says instead of carrying out practicals like dissecting the provided specimen during the examination, many candidates answered questions basing on answers from practical handbooks and pamphlets.
100 candidates who sat Biology examinations in last year’s Uganda Advanced
Certificate of Education-UACE crammed the outcomes of practical lessons, the
Examination body has revealed.
The UNEB Executive
Secretary, Dan Odongo, says instead of carrying
out practicals like dissecting the provided specimen during the examination,
many candidates answered questions basing on answers from practical handbooks
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to Odongo, examination invigilators reported candidates using crammed Biology
drawings when they noticed that candidates didn’t touch the specimen provided
during examination and appeared to draw from memory.
says that Biology teachers ought to become serious with practicals, adding that
students at this level need to work to learn both practicals and theory.
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cases of cram work, the performance in Biology improved with 48 percent of the candidates
getting at least three principal passes. In
2018, the figure stood at 37.8 percent.
An improvement in the number of
distinctions scored in the subject was also registered. 0.4 percent of the
candidates who sat for the examinations got As compared to no student last year
The number of candidates who also sat for the
paper increased from 13.3 percent in 2018 to 14 percent in 2019. This isn’t the
first time candidates sitting national examinations are being accused of cram
During the release of Uganda Certificate of Education exam results this
year, it was noted that candidates had resorted to cramming big English words
for use in composition writing. Odongo told journalists during a press briefing
that the candidates ended up using unnecessary words.