Muyingo: UACE candidates cram, 98.6% can become MPs

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Prof Mary Okwakol, UNEB Chairperson formally hands over UACE 2018 results to the State Minister, Higher Education, John Muyingo [Photo by Nicholas Bamulanzeki The Observer]

State Minister for higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo says he is proud that 98.6% candidates who sat for the 2018 Uganda Advanced Certification of Education [UACE] can become Members of Parliament.

Muyingo who was speaking at the release of Senior Six exams in Kampala Thursday, called for support in fighting corruption by fighting against exam malpractice.

“This is how corruption is bread. If teachers, head teachers and parents encourage malpractice, corruption will never end,” he noted.

Muyingo said Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] takes great care to ensure that learners with physical challenges are accommodated through various measures that the board has put in place.

As such, UNEB has also withdrawn Centre U2804, allocated to Seesa HS, Kakungube, in Kasanda district, due to gross violation of examination regulations, both at UCE and UACE.

“These measures enhance equity and encourage inclusiveness in our education system,” he said.

According to Muyingo, the methods of teaching in the classroom must improve.

He said the over reliance on pamphlets does not encourage critical thinking which must be exhibited by candidates at this level (A level).

“It is quite sad to hear that learners in biology cram drawings instead of being taken through the essential skills of dissection. They will need these skills when they go to medical school.”

He encouraged those who have not got the marks for their dream courses not to give up, saying there is always another chance to succeed.

UNEB Executive secretary, Dan Odongo, had earlier said there is a serious problem developing in the Biology practical paper.

“Candidates do not carry out the dissection of specimens, but proceed to draw crammed drawings.”

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