Kampala. A total number of 20,472 candidates out of the 23,413 that sat the 20142015 Uganda Business and Technical exams have passed.
The exams conducted countrywide last year were released at the Ministry of Education offices in Kampala yesterday.
Mr John Twesigye, the executive secretary Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board attributed the tremendous improvement in the performance to the assessment mechanism and constant monitoring and inspection of the institutes by the board secretariat unlike in the previous years when the programme had just started.
“There has also been increased sensitisation by the Business, technical and Vocational training (BTVET) department through the skilling Uganda programmes to popularise technical and vocational education,”Mr Twesigye said.
However, a total number of 791 students in the different programmes failed the 20142015 academic year exams and will have to retake one or two papers before being awarded their certificates.
The board also reported seven candidates who were involved in examination malpractices in the end of programme examinations whose exams were withheld pending approval by the education ministry.
While releasing the exams, Education minister Jessica Alupo said government would inject an additional Shs4b to be shared among the technical and vocational institutes come next financial year.
She said the funds would help in retooling the institutes and training more instructors, a move intended to boost the number of students joining vocational institutes from primary seven, senior four and six.
“As ministry, we expect to go beyond 70,000 students with half of the students who sit exams at the lower levels from primary seven, senior four and six joining vocational institutions,” Ms Alupo said.
She added: “This is intended to reduce the number of students who drop out of school at lower levels and remain unemployed.”
The different categorical programmes whose exams were released include Technical certificate, Business certificate and Business Diploma programmes.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor