Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A’level performance improves

CANDIDATES who sat for Senior Six examinations last year registered an improved performance compared to those of the previous year.

The results, which were released yesterday by the education minister, show that there was a slight improvement in performance.

More students qualified for the award of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education certificates this time, accounting for 98.8% of those who sat for the examinations, compared to 98.6% in 2009.

The results were handed over to the education ministry by the Uganda National Examination Board's (UNEB), Secretary Mathew Bukenya, and chairman Prof. Lutalo Bbosa. They were flanked by Bukenya's deputy, Dan Odong, and education ministry section directors.

However, the improvement in performance was overshadowed by the fact that less than 20% of candidates had taken on science courses. The minister described this situation as a 'risk' to the nation.

The arts (humanities) combinations, which were dominated by girls, took a lion's share. This implies that fewer students, especially girls, will compete for science courses, since the Government only sponsors science courses in public universities.

Bitamazire, in her address, said: "The Government is considering reviewing the science syllabus at A'level and the subject combinations, to make the A'level course focused and practically-oriented for better application of knowledge and skills."

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