Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2020 results of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with female candidates outshining their male counterparts this time round.
During the release of the results on Friday, UNEB Executive Secretary Mr Daniel Odongo mentioned that although female candidates were fewer, they managed to perform better than their male counterpart.
“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.
Individual subject results show that boys performed better than girls in Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture, Art and General paper while girls were better in Arts subjects as well as Mathematics and Physics. There was a general improvement in last year’s performance compared to 2019 according to Mr. Odongo.
“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.
However, there was a decline in the total number of candidates who registered for last year’s exams compared to those of 2019 as well as a decline in the number of examination centres.
Only 98,392 candidates registered for 2020 exams from 1,952 centres compared to 104,476 candidates from 2,094 centres in 2019, indicating a decline of 6,084 candidates.
The actual number of candidates who wrote the exams was 97,084 of which 41,190 were girls.
26,602 candidates passed with a minimum of 2 principle passes, 19,015 got one principle pass while 9,616 passed one subsidiary subject. Candidates who failed completely without a single point were 796 decreasing from 1,433 who failed in 2019.
According Mr Odongo, only 68,013 (69.8%) of candidates qualify to join University having attained a minimum of the two principle passes as required by higher institutions of learning. However, 99.2% will qualify for the award of the UACE certificate.