Poor Preparation Fuelled A-Level Failures –UNEB

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Bukenya says that many candidates do not adequately grasp the key concepts in the taught subjects but instead concentrate on revision, tests and seminars a trend which significantly affects their performance.

Rushing through the education syllabus, Poor preparation, cram work and relying on poorly written pamphlets were the biggest contributors to failure rates in the 2015 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations.

The Uganda National Examinations Board revealed this while releasing UACE results for the 2015 academic year which indicated that 2,202 students failed the examinations.  These included 1,604 boys and 598 girls.

Out-going UNEB Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya said that the examiner's report indicates that schools rush through the UACE syllabus in order to complete it by term one and devote the rest of the time to revision, testing and seminars.

Bukenya says that as a result, many candidates do not adequately grasp the key concepts in the taught subjects. He added that when candidates do not grasp the basics; revision, testing and facilitation cannot significantly improve their performance.
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The Minister of Education Jessica Alupo expressed disappointment about schools rushing through the syllabus noting that the UACE curriculum was crafted to cover two years.
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UNEB also observed that over the years, poor communication skills have affected candidate's ability to express themselves adequately even when they understood the demands of the questions.

A total of 101,268 candidates registered for the examinations last year from 2003 centers. Of these, 29,714 candidates obtained three principle passes, 26,807 obtained two principle passes, and 25,833 have one principle pass while 15,012 passed with one subsidiary pass. 


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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.