40,000 Fail 2016 UCE Exams

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Dan Nokrach Odongo, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB said non Universal Secondary Education-USE schools performed far better than USE schools

More candidates failed last year's Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE exams compared to the previous year.



According to the UCE results released by the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni this afternoon, 41,632 candidates failed compared to 29,593 in 2015.

 
The results show that 23,489 candidates passed in first grade, 44,307 second grade, third Division 63,072 and fourth division 142,479 candidates. Dan Nokrach Odongo, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB said non Universal Secondary Education-USE schools performed far better than USE schools.

 
19,035 candidates from none USE schools passed in Division one compared to 4,454 from USE schools. Odongo said the disparity in performance between none USE and USE schools was expected.
 
 
He explains that most none USE schools, are traditional government schools, with a slightly favorable fees structure. The exams body, says the gap between male and female candidates has continued to reduce with the former constituting 164,473 (50.9%) compared to the latter which stands at 158,722 (49.1%).


323,276 candidates registered for last year's UCE. However, 6,652 absconded for reasons that the Education Ministry says it is yet to investigate.
 
 
 
Over average more 6000 candidates have been absconding from the exams annually since 2012. There was also a notable increase in the number of examination centers from 3,329 in 2015 to 3,454 in 2016.
 

UNEB has withheld results of 1,893 candidates from 86 examination centers to allow investigations and accord the suspected persons a fair hearing over alleged exams malpractice.

 
This is a reduction from 2,060 candidates who results were withheld in 2015 examinations. The number of UCE candidates increased by 10,105 in 2016 representing 3.2 percent of the 323,276 compared to 313,171 candidates that registered in 2015.
 
 
Of these, 157,364 (48.7%) were USE beneficiaries.