By Ivan Mwine
The police have warned that they will not hesitate to arrest all parents and school administrators who will attempt to hold celebrations for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results, which were released by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
The 2020 UCE (S.4) results were officially released by the Minister for Education H.E First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, who received them from UNEB officials led by the Executive Director Prof. Mary Okwakor and Executive Secretary Daniel Odong, during a scientific function that was held at the State House, Nakasero.
However, in a bid to prevent crowds and huge gatherings at schools as parents and candidates clamour for their results, the police have warned that they will arrest any administrators who will not abide by the standing COVID-19 Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“As we congratulate all Senior four leavers, we would like to warn all schools against violating the pandemic rules by holding school celebrations over the 2020UCE results. Students can easily get exposed to the deadly virus during such risky settings,” a statement from CP Fred Enanga, Uganda Police Force Spokesperson, reads in part.
Enanga adds that; “Therefore, all Headteachers are advised to either postpone the school celebrations to some future time when schools are reopened or hold a virtual celebration. Remember there are harsh consequences in form of fines, penalties and punishments for COVID-19 offenders.”
While officially releasing the S.4 results, the Minister for Education said; “On behalf of my Ministry, I extend our sincere gratitude to all – UNEB, Security agencies, the Local Governments, the leadership of the various Schools, Ministry of Health, and most of all the parents and guardians who did not give up.”
The UNEB Executive Secretary Odong said that; “The candidature decreased by 4,324 (-1.3%) from 337,720 in 2019 to 333,396. Out of these, 148,128 (44.4%) were USE beneficiaries. The number of male candidates registered is 166,744 (50.01%) and that of females is 166,652 (49.99%).”
He added that; “A total of 519 Special Needs Education (SNE) candidates (252 males; 267 females) registered for the 2020 UCE examination compared to 358 in 2019.”
Odong however noted that; “A total of 1,292 results will be withheld due to malpractice. This number was 1,825 in 2019. The affected candidates will be given a fair hearing.”
He also revealed that UNEB maintains an examination centre at Luzira Prisons for the inmates to assist the Uganda Prisons in their efforts at rehabilitation of offenders.
“The centre registered 45 candidates and all sat. Four obtained Division 1, eight passed in Division 2, 15 got Division 3; and 18 passed in Division 4. None failed,” he said.
Overall, Odongo said there was better performance, compared to 2019, with 311,233(4,309 more) candidates passing compared to 306,924 who passed the examination in 2019.
He noted that worth noting with concern however, is the overall pass levels for Science subjects where nearly half of the candidates have not achieved the minimum Pass 8 level, with Chemistry being the worst done subject.