Theres been a drop in completion rates in business and technical examinations according to the results released by the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board UBTEB. Onesmus Oyesigye, Executive Secretary UBTEB, says absenteeism was caused by those who abandoned school and proceeded to the world of work after obtaining some competences.
The November 2016 examination results released today show a 2% drop in completion rates compared to 2015. More than 23,000 candidates, or 77% of the total candidates, completed their studies in 2016 compared to the previous year when the completion rate rate was put at 79%.
The drop is being attributed to challenges in implementing the new curriculum for Technical Diploma Programs in the 2015/2016 academic year.
Onesmus Oyesigye, Executive Secretary UBTEB says that challenges exist because institutions do not have the necessary training materials required for the new Competency-based Education and Training (CEBET) curriculum.
Despite this drop in completion rates, a total of 18, 598 or 79% of the candidates passed the examinations and will be issued their academic transcripts along with their results.
However 4,872 or 21% of the candidates failed the examinations and will not be able to get their transcripts.
According to Oyesigye, male candidates passed well compared to their female counterparts with a total pass rate of 79%. Female candidates had a general pass rate of 74%.
A total of 23,470 candidates sat for the examinations out of the 25,876 candidates who registered.
Oyesigye says absenteeism of the candidates who registered but did not sit for the exams was caused by those who abandon school and proceed to the world of work after obtaining some competences.
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The results show a 3.9% general increase in the number of candidates who registered in 2016 compared to 2015.
The results released are of six programmes. These are Technical Advanced Craft Certificate, Technical Craft Certificate, Uganda Community Polytechnic Certificate, Business certificate, Specialised Institutions certificate and Business Diploma.
The results released show that a total of 2,668 distinctions were recorded.
The results were officially handed over to John Chrysestom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education, who represented the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni.