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Science Subjects Worst Performed

The Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni who was represented by Muyingo expressed concern over the small number of female students offering Science subjects at A level.
Professor Okwakol handing over the 2017 UACE results to the minister for Higher Education, Muyingo

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Science subjects were among the worst done subjects in last year's Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations, according to results released by Uganda National Examinations Board on Wednesday morning.

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology were among the worst done subjects. According to the results handed over to the Higher Education Minister, John C Muyingo, 50 percent of the 64,893 candidates who sat for science papers were unable to attain a principal pass.

Dan N Odongo, the Executive Secretary UNEB, says the the limited knowledge of English language affected the ability of candidates to express themselves during last year's examinations and played a role in the bad performance.

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In addition to not being able to express themselves, Odongo says candidates failed the practical bit of the examinations, because schools and teachers concentrated on completing the theoretical part and left practicals for the last minute.

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The examination body also highlighted misspellings of technical terms, writing unbalanced chemical equations, lack of mathematical skills and failure to plot graphs especially where negative values are concerned as someo of the problems identified.

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According to UNEB, there was also a drop in the number of candidates who sat for Science subjects. Only 22.8 percent of the candidates who sat the examinations offered Mathematics, 15.2 percent Chemistry and 13 percent Biology compared to 31.3 percent, 16.2 percent and 16.9 percent in 2016 respectively.

Professor Mary J.N Okwakol, the UNEB Chairperson, says the failure of science subjects is likely to affect the country's efforts of popularizing Sciences.

 

“The failure of these subjects affects the supply of much needed Science teachers into the school system,” she said. According to UNEB, 102,858 candidates sat last year's UACE examinations.

The Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni who was represented by Muyingo expressed concern over the small number of female students offering Science subjects at A level. 

"The number of girls sitting for these examinations is really low. Teachers and parents need to encourage their girl children to apply for science courses,” she said.

Islamic Religious Education, Subsidiary ICT, Christian Religious Education and Literature in English were some of the best performed subjects during last year's examination.

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