The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has said that candidates who sat the 2022 Uganda Certificate of Education(UCE) exams performed better than the previous year.
The UNEB Executive Director, Dan Odongo said there was an improvement in performance in the large entry subjects except in Christian Religious Education, Biology and Commerce.
According to Odongo, a total of 329,939 candidates passed UCE exams in 2022 compared to the 311,233 who passed the previous year.
“Mathematics showed better performance at the distinction level, but declined overall. English language improved at credit and overall pass levels but declined at the distinction level. Performance in Biology has continued to decline as seen in the last few years,” Odongo said.
“ Worth noting is that, performance in Physics and Chemistry has improved, although the overall pass levels are still low. Over 40% of the candidates have not passed the two subjects.”
He said the for the first time, UNEB examined Chinese Language in 2022 with a total of 134 candidates sitting for the exams and 124 (92.5%) of them passed.
“The language is in addition to other major languages; French, German, Arabic, Latin and Kiswahili already being examined.”
The results indicate that 46,667 candidates representing 13.5% passed in division one, 76,745(22.2%) in division two, 88,690(25.7%) in division three and 117,837 in division four.
The 2022 UCE exams also show that male candidates performed better than their female counterparts.
According to UNEB, 51 inmates sat for UCE exams at the examination centre at Luzira prison and eight of these passed in division two, 16 in division three, 26 in division four and only one failed.
Special needs category
In the special needs category, of the 565 candidates who sat for UCE exams in 2022, 74 passed in division one, 99 in division two, 115 in division three and 53 completely failed the exams.