By Maureen Nakigozi
The Uganda National Examination Board has released O’Level results for the year 2011.
The results were released by the UNEB Secretary Mathew Bukenya from Nakawa Vocational Institute in Nakawa.
Though there was a greater improvement in performance compared to last year, science subjects were however poorly performed.
Biology and chemistry were the worst done subjects of which 60% of students failed.
273,157 students sat for last year’s examinations of which 107,977 were in Universal Secondary Education Schools.
As usual the best performing districts are Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono , Masaka and Mbarara.
1631 students results were withheld on suspicion of Mal-practice and some of the schools affected are East High School Ntinda, Nsambya Hillside, St. Mary’s high school Lukaaya, Kawempe Standard High School, Kasana Town Academy, Lugazi Progressive School, St James High School Kirinya among others.
One of the best schools are St. Mary’s Kitende, Highland Academy Kisasi among others
Matthew Bukenya said the boys performed better than girls in science subjects but the girls performed better in English.
Bukenya said that the poor performance is attributed to the use of pamphlets which students greatly rely on.
Bukenya further added that there was greater improvement in question interpretation compared to previous years.
The failure percentage has this year dropped from 6.5% to 4.2% and 250,000 students are to obtain UCE certificates.
The headteachers of various schools are to pick their results starting 12:00am today at UNEB offices.
To get your UCE candidate’s results SMS UCE<space>INDEX NUMBER and send to 6600
In 2010, over 270,000 students sat for the examinations out of which 16,205 got first grade.
1950 student’s results were withheld on suspicion of Mal-practice and the best done subjects were English, Chemistry and CRE.
Last year’s general performance dropped by 2% as compared to that of 2009 and Boys performed better than girls although the girls outsmarted them in English and Literature in English.