According to a circular, the decision to scrap the examinations took place during a meeting where members present reviewed the rationale for setting the alternative practical papers for the core science subjects.
Dan. N.Odongo, executive secretary UNEB said that they decided to scrap the papers because it is no longer cost-effective since fewer and fewer people have been registering for the alternative papers.
Dr. Kedrace Turyagenda, the head of the Directorate of Education Standards, said that not all schools in the country are equipped to carry out practical examination.
According to Dr. Turyagenda, through World Bank projects, several Universal Secondary Education (USE) schools have been equipped with laboratories and will not be affected by the scraped ping of the examinations.
Dr. Turyagenda said the move will push private schools towards the right direction.
The examinations were started in 2006 to cater for schools that did not have laboratories attracted an estimated 5,000 students out of the 326,149 that were registered to sit for the 2017 examinations.