UCE: 1,825 students’ results withheld for cheating

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UNEB Chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol [Photo credit: Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] has withheld results of 1,825 candidates who sat for the 2018 Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] exams due to malpractice.

UNEB Chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol said candidature levels improved from 0.9% in 2017 to 3.3% in 2018.

Female candidates performed better than males in the English language. Gender parity was nearly reached with males at 50.4% and females at 49.6%.

In other large entry subjects, Male candidates show better performance with the differences more marked in Mathematics and Sciences.

“Uneb does not have a policy of under marking or using a grading system that advantages any category of schools against others as rumoured by people on social media,” Okwakol said while releasing the results Thursday.

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Okwakol said the exam results withheld reduced from 4,525 in 2017 to 1,825 in 2018. Of the 2017 withheld results, 1,977 were cleared and released.

Okwakol says it has no policy in place as has been alleged of under making Kampala schools or favouring UPE schools.

Luzira prison registered 43 candidates. Of these 40 sat and 7 passed in DIV II, 20 in DIV III, 11 in DIV IV.

Overall improved performance registered in English language, Islam and Physics, according to Dan Odongo, Uneb executive secretary.

Dan Odongo, Uneb executive secretary [Photo credit: Nicholas Bamulanzeki]
Odongo says it appears the candidates were made to cram ‘big words’ vocabulary that were inappropriately applied in the exams.

He said the problem of language deficiency continues to manifest where candidates have difficulties in applying the correct protocol, tenses.

Maths and Biology have also shown improvement at the distinction level. In Sciences, candidates experienced problems in the handling of apparatus during the practical tests.

One of the biggest problems in Chemistry is the failure of candidates to write balanced equations, this is an indispensable skill in the subject, Odongo said.

A total of 358 special needs education (SNE) candidates were registered for 2018 , 34 blind , 101 with low vision, 64 deaf, 36 dyslexics and 45 physically handicapped.

Result lists will be issued and may be collected from UNEB offices starting today, 31st January 2019, 4:00pm.

“Any person wishing to access results can do so through their mobile phones. Go to message menu and type ‘UCE’, leave space, type correct candidate index number and then send to 6600,” Odongo said.

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