Uneb scraps physics, chemistry, biology practical exams

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Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) has scrapped the ordinary level alternative practical examinations for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

A circular released by the examination body says this will start in the 2018 academic year.

It says the decision to scrap the examinations took place during a meeting where members present reviewed the rationale for setting the alternative practical papers for the core science subjects.

Uneb executive secretary Dan. N. Odongo, told Uganda Radio Network that they decided to scrap the papers because it is no longer cost-effective since fewer and fewer students have been registering for the alternative papers.

“We realised that now there’s no need for that paper because now fewer, and fewer and fewer candidates now register for that Paper 5,” said Odongo.

Dr Kedrace Turyagenda, the head of the Directorate of Education Standards, told URN not all schools in the country are equipped to carry out practical examination.

According to Dr Turyagenda, through World Bank projects, several Universal Secondary Education (USE) schools have been equipped with laboratories and will not be affected by the scrapping of the examinations. She says, however, the case is different for private schools.