The first lady and Minister of Education and Sports has released the UCE 2016 results. Results of 1,893 candidates from 86 examination centers have been withheld over exam malpractice

In her address, the minister of Education, Janet Museveni says that she regrets that teaching in schools is greatly geared towards passing examinations. She  discouraged mock exams because “they waste valuable time and resources”, she said.

The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, says the government will soon introduce new teaching methods that will emphasise critical thinking as opposed to memorising for the sake of passing exams.

While speaking at the release of the 2016 Uganda Certificate of Education examination results at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala, the minister also called on MPs to rally behind her in a bid to revamp the education sector.

Janet Museveni  promised more initiatives to stem the numbers of girls dropping out of school.

While the government has shown its commitment to increase access to education for primary and secondary school pupils through its universal education programmes, many girls have not been able to complete their education because of being forced to do chores at home or married off before they turn 18.

UNEB confirmed that there was an increase in the number of candidates in last year’s exams which they say shot up by 10,105 (3.2%) from 313,171 in 2015 to 323,276 in 2016  She said that 366 special needs students sat for Uganda Certificate Education in 2016 compared to 2015’s 325

The exams board Chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol while releasing exams at Prime Minister’s office, revealed that although there were no exam leakages registered, fraud was detected in examination rooms  hence the board is withholding results of 1,893 candidates who were involved in the  fraud until investigations are complete.

She said: “Female candidates performed better in English as has been the case in the past.” She added that Male candidates performed better than their female counterparts, particularly in sciences.

“Male candidates performed better than their female counter parts. Agriculture declined at distinctions and Credit levels while pass levels in English increased. Biology dropped significantly, while there was also a drop in History. Despite improvement in physics and chemistry, the pass level remained the same”, she said.

Among those who sat for the exams. were 2,770 candidates registered from other countries (DRC, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi)

She went to say: “47 candidates were registered from Luzira. 44 took examinations, 4 in div 1, 5 in div 2,10 in div 3, 21 in 4 and 4 failed.”. Yumbe districts gets 11 first grades, 33 for Nebbi, 29 for Koboko, 9 for Abim and none for Zombo. Adjumani district has 15 first grades, 11 for Agago, 7 for Alebtong, Amolatar 5, Ameria 22, Amuru 7, and Apac 20.

Daniel Odongo says that students have continued to cram English passages and spotting questions and Science subjects continue to be performed poorly. Schools are theoretically teaching sciences.

Individual result can be obtained via SMS platform by typing UCE [space] Index Number send to 6600. The platform is available on MTN, Airtel, Africell and UTL. However,  Odongo says results of students who haven’t cleared their school fees will not be available on SMS platform until they clear.