By Vanguard reporter
KAMPALA – Results of schools in the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) trickling in indicate traditional schools performing well. However inspite of the successes, candidature decreased by 4,324 (-1.3 percent) from 337,720 in 2019 to 333,396. Of these, 148,128 (44.4 percent) were USE beneficiaries. The number of male candidates registered is 166,744 (50.01 percent) and that of females is 166,652 (49.99 percent). The difference is only 92 more males than females.
Bukalasa Seminary got 51 first grades and 1 second grade out of the total 52 candidates while Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, an Islamic based school situated in Kampala, Kawempe Division registered 205 first grades and 2 second grades.
Another giant Uganda Martyrs Secondary School, Namugongo scooped 359 first grades and 7 second grades.
St. Mary’s College Kisubi is a Catholic founded Government aided Ordinary and Advanced Level Boys Boarding Secondary School also massively got 203 first grades with 9 second grades.
Another old timer St. Henry’s College Kitovu, a boys boarding government-aided secondary school that was founded by the White Fathers in 1922 in Masaka District fetched 205 first grade and 2 second grades.
Lwagula Memorial Secondary School, a private school in Busia district registered five first grades out of the 52 candidates.
Meanwhile, the Uganda National Examination Board says they registered low candidature of candidates who sat for the 2020 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) due to various reasons, top among which include Coronavirus induced lockdown where schools were closed.
Speaking at the release of the UCE results, Dr Kendrice Turyagenda, the director Education standards in the ministry of education said that the board used to record an increase of candidature between 2 to 3 per cent in the previous years.
She however, noted that in the 2020 UCE exams, candidature reduced by 1.3 percent over various reasons.
According to her, some private schools failed to reopen after the lockdown and some learners failed to find other schools to register for UCE 2020.
She also says that some parents failed to return their children to school over fear of Covid while some girls had already gotten married. Another explanation is that other students got found jobs during the lockdown and could not return to school.
“Meanwhile, performance generally improved,” Ms Turyagenda added while reading the statement on behalf of the board chairperson, Prof Mary Ogwakol.
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