By Our Reporter
KAMPALA- Females have posted a better performance in 2022 UACE Examination than their male counterparts at the principal level pass (A-E) in Arts (Humanities), Mathematics and Physics.
According to the Executive director of Uganda national examination board Dan Odong, Male candidates were better in Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Art and General Paper
“In terms of percentages, female candidates performed better than their male counterparts at the principal level pass (A-E) in Arts (Humanities), Mathematics and Physics. Male candidates were better in Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Art and General Paper.” Odong said.
According to Odong, a total of 97,890 candidates registered for the 2022 UACE examination from 1,969 centers compared to 98,392 candidates from 1,952 centers in 2020.
Odong also revealed that the overall performance in the 2022 UACE examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates (99.2%) qualified for the award of the UACE, just as was in 2020.
He also said that the performance of the candidates in 2022 UACE Examination has improved especially at the upper level of candidates obtaining 3 Principal passes. At the other levels, the pass rates are comparable.
The executive director of UNEB, Odong has however revealed that the performance in Biology has again dropped below the 2020 level where it had risen.
According to Odong, Examiners have attributed this to candidates having problems in questions on Genetics, Ecology and applications of biological concepts to the environment, Classification.
Odong also said that Female entries for the Sciences and Mathematics have remained lower than that of the males, consistent with the fact that overall female entry is lower than that of the males.
He noted that the candidature was 29.6% for Mathematics, 6.1%% for Physics, 16.5% for Chemistry; and 15.9%% for Biology.
According to UNEB, forty thousand, seven hundred thirteen (40.713) female candidates registered for UACE2022 compared to 41,190 in 2020.
However, the Chairperson of Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) Prof. Mary Okwakol has called for an urgent need for a national strategy to empower girls to pursue science subjects at the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.
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