Poor Biology Performance Worries UNEB

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Dan N. Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary attributes the poor performance in biology on laziness on the part of teachers. According to Odongo, teachers concentrate on theoretical lessons at the expense of practical lessons.

Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has expressed concern about the persistent poor performance of Biology in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examination-UACE.



According to the UACE results released on Thursday morning, Biology was the worst performed subject without a single distinction. 13,061 candidates sat the Biology paper in 2018. Last year's performance was worse compared to 2017 where 0.1 percent candidates scored a distinction in biology.

 
Dan N. Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary attributes the poor performance in biology on laziness on the part of teachers.  According to Odongo, teachers concentrate on theoretical lessons at the expense of practical lessons.

 
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He also says most candidates can't answer questions properly since they cram answers as opposed to internalizing the concepts.
 
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John C. Muyinyo, the State Minister For Higher Education, says the Education Ministry will no longer allow UNEB to allocate center numbers to schools without laboratories.

"We have noted that sciences are being failed because some schools do not have laboratories to carry out practical examinations for these science subjects. We are going in the field and all center numbers without laboratories will have their center number withdrawn," he said.
 

A total of 98,524 candidates sat for last year's examination from 2,094 centers. According to the results, 63,123 candidates managed to get two principal passes and qualify to join university.