The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) on Tuesday released the eagerly-awaited Senior Six results for candidates who sat for the national examinations last year.
UNEB chair Prof Mary Okwakol handed over the results to Education and sports Minister Janet Museveni, indicating a significant improvement in performance compared to the previous year.
This time, the pass rate was 98.7% compared to 97.8% of 2015, UNEB executive secretary Daniel Nokrach Odongo said.
This means the failure rate dropped – from 2.2% in 2015 to 1.3%.
While it emerged that on a general scale female candidates beat their male counterparts in last year’s A’ Level exams, Economics and science subjects were the worst done subjects.
And under this, Biology was the worst-done of all, having 40.8% of the candidates score principal pass E.
Meanwhile UNEB withheld results of at least 64 candidates from 11 examination centres.
Addressing journalists this morning at the office of the president, Dan Nockrach Odongo said the results were withheld over examination malpractice.
He said the affected candidates are subsidiary mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Science Foundation College in Kampala had highest numbers of withheld results at 27, Alliance SS Ibanda had 11, Ezra Memorial SS Kibuku at 10, Rubona SS and Iganga Parents SS each had 5 candidates.
With the candidature up this time round, UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol said more candidates chose arts disciplines than science subjects.
Last year saw 104,234 candidates register for the final exams, which was more than the 101, 268 who expressed interest in 2015. In essence, it means that total candidature rose by 2.9%.