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50,000 fail S.4 exams

Kampala- A total of 50,549 students failed last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education, according to results released by Uganda National Examinations Board.

These are out of the 289,012 candidates who sat the national examinations but exclude the 1,803 candidates whose results were withheld.

Mr Mathew Bukenya, the Uneb executive secretary, on Tuesday said 8 per cent of the male candidates scored Division 9 compared to their girl counterparts who had 9.6 per cent in the same grade.

“A total of 17.6 per cent of the candidates appeared in Division 9. These have not achieved the basic level of competency required to be graded,” Mr Bukenya said yesterday.

However, Education minister Jessica Alupo asked the affected candidates not to lose hope but to repeat the class and double their efforts so that they can acquire the skills that will enable them be graded.Mr Fagil Mandy, Uneb chairperson, said teachers are not equipped to respond to the demand of the curriculum. He added that looking at the work presented by some candidates, it seemed that little teaching had taken place.

“It is sad to note that a lot of our teachers are not equipped to respond to the demands of the curriculum and the examination. There appears to be little teaching, perhaps as a result of lack of teachers,” Mr Mandy said on Monday.

But Ms Alupo assured the board that the ministry had identified the most lacking subjects and that about 3,062 teachers will be hired in the next financial year to cover up the gap.

Source: Daily Monitor

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