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UNEB Releases 2020 UACE Results, Girls outperform boys

UNEB Officials arrive at State House Nakasero to release Results from the 2020 UACE Examinations (Photo: Courtesy)

KAMPALA – The Uganda National Examinations Board – UNEB has Friday afternoon released results from the 2020 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations.

The results release function was held at State House Nakasero presided over by the Minister for Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, who is also the First Lady.

According to UNEB statistics, a total of 98,393 learners sat for UACE examinations in April this year from 1952 centres across the country. Of these 57,264 were female while the rest were males.

Out of the total number of registered candidates, 97,084 actually sat for exams out of which 41,190 were female. 

A total of 26,602 passed with two principle passes,19,015 with 1 principal pass and 9,616 passed with 1 subsidiary.

According to Odongo, 99.2 per cent qualify for the award of UACE certificate but only 69.8% of (68,013) qualify to join university after attaining more than two principle passes as a standard requirement by higher institutions of learning.

Girls perform better than boys in UACE

According to UNEB statistics, female candidates have this time round beaten their male counterparts in the just releases Uganda Certificate of Advanced Education (UACE) examinations of 2020, a quite unusual stance.

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Speaking at the release of the results on Friday, UNEB Executive Secretary, Mr. Daniel Odongo, said female candidates, although fewer performed better.

“The percentage passes at the upper levels (3P and 2P) are higher while percentage passes at lower levels and failure rate among female candidates are lower than for the males,” Odongo said.

Best done subjects

Female candidates scored more than their male counterparts at the pricinple level pass (A-E) in Arts, Mathematics and Physics. Male candidates were better in Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Art and General Paper,” he further explained.

Odongo also noted that there was a general improvement in performance  as compared to 2019.

“An analysis of the overall candidates’ performance in the examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates (99.2%) qualified for the award of the UACE, more than the 98.6% of 2019. There is better overall performance than that of 2019,” he said.

Only 790 students fail UACE Exams

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796 candidates failed the exams, having not scored a single point. These are compared to 1,433 who failed completely in 2019.

Selection for Secondary and Higher Education classes

The Ministry of Education is slated to hold the selection exercise of Senior One and Senior Five classes ahead of a looming reopening of schools nationwide.

Speaking at the event, Minister Janet Museveni said they hope as ministry to have this process ready by September or ctober, although this does not guarantee that selected students will be enrolled right away.

How to check UACE results on phone by SMS

UACE candidates can discover how they performed by getting their results via Short Message Services (SMS) on mobile phones following the procedure below;

Go to SMS and type “UACE,” leave a space, then type index number for example UACE U2769/018 and send it to 6600 on networks as will be specified by the board at the time of the release of the results.


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