Government Investigates Drastic Drop in Number of A-level Candidates

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Alupo has instructed the Permanent Secretary Rose Nassali Lukwago to work with a team from UNEB to investigate the drop in numbers.

The Ministry of Education is concerned over a drastic reduction in the number of candidates sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Education.

Last year, 2014 recorded the highest reduction of close to 7,771 students; from the over 116,000 students examined in 2013 indicating a reversal of trends since the introduction of Universal Secondary Education in 2007.

Available data indicates that the number of candidates has been steadily growing over the years. However, Professor Mary Okwakol, the UNEB Chairperson says the indications are that many students could have joined tertiary institutions instead of joining A-Level.

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But Education Minister Jessica Alupo describes the development as alarming.  Alupo says the reduction works against government's commitment to reduce the number of students dropping out of school as a result of the fees burden.

Alupo has instructed the Permanent Secretary Rose Nassali Lukwago to work with a team from UNEB to investigate the drop in numbers. She urged the team to do thorough investigations to establish the factors influencing the reduction in order to enable government address the cause.
 
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Similarly, Prof. Okwakol has tasked the education ministry to establish why fewer girls are registering for science subjects compared to boys.  She advises that government adopts a policy shift and grant affirmative action to female students who obtain credits to be enrolled for science subjects at Advanced Level.