UACE: 1300 Candidates Missed Exams

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A total of 1,385 out of the 104,243 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 1,421 absentees registered in 2015, according to figures released by Uganda National Examinations Board--UNEB.

The number of absentee candidates in last year's Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education - UACE examinations has slightly reduced.  
 
A total of 1,385 out of the 104,243 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 1,421 absentees registered in 2015, according to figures released by Uganda National Examinations Board--UNEB.
 
UNEB Executive Secretary, Dan Nokrach Odongo, said that most of the absentee candidates were boys totalling 1,015. He could not however point at possible causes.
 
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According to figures released by UNEB, Wakiso and Kampala districts recorded the highest number of absentee candidates. Wakiso had 214 absentee candidates while Kampala district recorded 177.  
 
Other districts that registered absentee candidates include Mukono with 65, Mbarara with 38 and Kabarole with 38. The list also has Arua with 38 candidates, Luweero with 36 and Mbale with 35 candidates.
 
The trend of Wakiso and Kampala districts recording the highest number of absentee candidates was also noted at the release of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results in January.
 
Education Minister Janet Museveni then said that the trend waters down government efforts to ensure that all students in the system reach the finishing line. She said that her ministry was to launch investigations into the matter to ascertain why candidates register and fail to show up for exams.
 

 

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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.