Biology Worst Done Subject -UNEB

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Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB has rated Biology as the worst done subject in the 2016 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE examinations.

Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has rated Biology as the worst done subject in the 2016 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations.
UNEB released the 2016 UACE results today noting that a total of 104,243 candidates registered for the 2016 UACE examination but 102,858 candidates sat for the examinations.
According to the released results, only 26.4 percent of the candidates did mathematics. Physics had 12.5 percent, Chemistry 16.2 percent and Biology 16.9 percent.
This is in comparison with the 2015 UACE where science candidature levels stood at 31.3 for Mathematics, 16.9 for Physics, 12.1 for Chemistry and 13.0 for Biology.
According to the UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Nokrach Odongo, Economics and sciences were generally poorly done.
Odongo said that Biology was the worst done subject, with only 40.8 percent of the candidates obtaining at least an E principal level pass.
UNEB statistics indicate that Physics had 42.5 percent candidates obtaining at least an E principal level pass, Chemistry had 55.9 percent while mathematics had 53.8 percent candidates with at least an E principal level pass.
Odongo also noted that at the subsidiary level, Mathematics was very poorly done with only 24.7 percent qualifying for a subsidiary level pass.
He said that poor mastery of the English language adversely affected performance in sciences.
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Odongo added that candidates found difficulties in handling scientific terminologies, using mathematical and graphical representations in science as well as converting from one unit to another.
He said that other difficulties were experienced in writing formulae and balanced chemical equations.
Odongo expressed frustration that even with the liberty of candidates opting for subjects of their choice, quite a number of zero scores were recorded in almost all subjects with the worst being Subsidiary Mathematics.
The UNEB Executive Secretary also indicated that the number of students who opt for science combinations is very low even when Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are compulsory subjects at Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) level.
Education Minister Janet Museveni said that 26.4 percent opted for Mathematics while a proportion of candidates who opted for Physics, Chemistry and Biology are less than 20 percent.
She described this as disturbingly low noting that low entries in Mathematics and sciences will have a serious and negative impact on the country's rate of advancement in science and technology.
Janet Museveni cited a need for her ministry to think about other methods of teaching sciences.
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.