UCE Results; Absentee Candidates Puzzle UNEB

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A total of 6,652 out of the 323,276 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 6,655 absentees registered the previous year, according to figures released by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB.

Wakiso and Kampala districts recorded the highest number of absentee candidates from last year's Uganda Certificate of Education - UCE examinations.

A total of 6,652 out of the 323,276 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 6,655 absentees registered the previous year, according to figures released by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB. Of these, 465 were in Wakiso and 338 in Kampala district, Mukono district had 213 absentee candidates.

UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says that most of the absentee candidates were boys totaling 3,543. He however noted that they cannot presently point at the possible causes of absentee candidates saying that the issue requires thorough investigation.

Other districts that registered absentee candidates include Iganga (186 candidates), Jinja (167 candidates), Mbale (161 candidates), Lira (156 candidates), Arua (152 candidates), Hoima (142 candidates), Kasese (131 candidates) and others.

Education Minister Janet Museveni expressed dismay at the high number of drop-offs saying that the trend waters down government efforts to ensure that all students in the system reach the finishing line.
 
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Janet Museveni indicated that the Education Ministry is launching investigations into the matter to ascertain why candidates register and fail to show up for exams.
 
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The total candidature for 2016 UCE exams increased by 10,105 students from 313,171 candidates in 2015 to 323,276 in 2016. Out of these 157,364 were USEE beneficiaries.

 

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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.