The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has Friday released results of the 2020 Uganda Certificate of Advanced Education (UACE) examinations.
During the ceremony held in Kampala, UNEB Executive Secretary, Mr Daniel Odongo, noted that female candidates registered better performance than their male counterparts.
“The percentage passes at the upper levels (3P and 2P) are higher while percentage passes at lower levels and failure rate among female candidates are lower than for the males,” Odongo said.
“In terms of percentages, female candidates performed better than their maie counterparts at the principal level pass (A-E) in Árts (Humanities), Mathematics and Physics. Male candidates were better in Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Art, and General Paper,” he added.
Mr Odongo also revealed that there was a general improvement in performance as compared to 2019.
“An analysis of the overall candidates’ performance in the examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates (99.2%) qualified for the award of the UACE, more than the 98.6% of 2019. There is better overall performance than that of 2019,” he said.
A total of 98,392 candidates registered for the 2020 UACE examination from 1,952 centres compared to 104,476 candidates from 2,094 centres in 2019, a decline of 6,084 candidates.
Out of the total number of registered candidates, 97,084 actually sat for exams out of which 41,190 were female.
A total of 26,602 passed with two principle passes,19,015 with 1 principle pass and 9,616 passed with 1 subsidiary.
796 candidates failed the exams, having not scored a single point. These are compared to 1,433 who failed completely in 2019.
According to Odongo, 99.2 per cent qualify for the award of UACE certificate but only 69.8 of these totaling to 68,013 qualify to join university after attaining more than two principle passes as a standard requirement by higher institutions of learning.(Additional Report by Daily Monitor).