The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) this morning released the 2017 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) results.
A total of 101,269 candidates registered for UACE in 2017 examination as compared to 104,243 in 2016- a decrease of 2,974 candidates.
Out of the registered candidates, 41,932 were female.
“98.5% of 101,269 candidates qualified for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level”.
“Females performed better than males, with higher number of candidates scoring 3 principle passes,” Mr Odongo said.
Reading the results, Mr Daniel Odongo,The UNEB executive secretary, said the district tops the performance list with 8,538 candidates who got three principal passes.
According to UNEB, Wakiso was ranked as the best performing district in the examinations.
Wakiso was closely followed by Kampala which got 34,931 candidates who passed with three principal passes.
Mukono District came third with 3,226 candidates, while Buikwe had 1,006 candidates with three principal passes.
However, Mr Odongo listed the worst performing districts as Nakapiripirit, Napak, Kotido, Buvuma and Dokolo
National and Female Candidate Numbers Decline
The UNEB chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol says there is a possibility that female students took up vocational studies available to them in preference to the UACE level.
“We note improvements in Physics and biology at subject level but a drop of performance at principal level,” she says.
Prof Okwakol says candidature has reduced by 2.9%. “This trend has been observed since 2014. Entry figures continue to show that overwhelmingly number of candidates are opting for humanity subjects,” she added.