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Uneb notes increment in exams registration

The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) formally ended early and late registration for the 2017 examinations last week, noting an increment in enrolment for this year's examinations.

YUDAYA NANGONZI has been looking at the registration figures for all candidates.

Last week, Uneb executive secretary Dan Odongo, officially released registration figures for primary leaving examinations (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) candidates.

This was the culmination of a process that began in March 2017 with a countrywide training of all field officers mandated to register candidates, using online tools. According to Odongo, 1,072,740 candidates registered for exams at all three levels compared to last year’s 1,068,352.

This indicates a 4,388 increment in the total number of registered candidates at P7, S4 and S6, for the exams set to be held in October and November.

Students in class

At PLE, some 645,914 candidates from 12,751 centres (schools) have registered for the examination this year, compared to 640,833 candidates from 12,391 centres last year. Of the 645,914 candidates, 312,485 are male while 333,428 are female.

PLE ANALYSIS

However, an analysis of the PLE registration figures in each district shows significant drops in the numbers of candidates in some districts compared to 2016. For instance, Kitgum Main tops the list of districts with the most marked decrease in the number of registered candidates.

Kitgum had 3,539 candidates in 2016, but only registered 2,648 this year. Kitgum is followed by Bulambuli, Buyende, Serere, Sironko, Pallisa, and Kaliro, among others.

On the other hand, Mubende municipal council registered the highest increment of PLE candidates. Last year, the municipality had 19 candidates compared to 1,692 in 2017. Mubende is followed by Yumbe, Moyo Adjumani, Kaberamaido, Arua municipality and Arua Main.

Uneb has written to the affected districts seeking an explanation to this year’s decline. UCE, UACE Uneb statistics indicate that 325,695 candidates have registered for the UCE examination from 3,620 centres in 2017. This compares with last year's 323,276, an increment of 2,417 candidates.

At UACE level, 101,131 candidates have registered from 2,205 centres for this year’s exams, compared to 104,243 the previous year. This marks a decrease of 3,112 candidates. Uneb will release approved timetables for all these examinations soon.

EMERGING ISSUES

The Uneb reported that there are schools with functional centre numbers that have not registered any candidates for this year’s exams. According to Odongo, they are waiting for an explanation from these centres, as to why there are no candidates from them.

Meanwhile, during the five-month registration exercise, Uneb detected some learners registering in more than one centre.

“Cases of dishonesty have also been unearthed where two or more candidates attempt to use one PLE or UCE index number to register for UCE and UACE examinations respectively,” Odongo said.

He added that under such circumstances, both candidates have been flagged until the rightful candidate is ultimately established. Despite these discrepancies, Uneb ICT manager Dr Peter Wakabi-Waiswa told The Observer the online registration exercise had been successful for the third year.

“I’m pleased to inform you that the schools’ response to the initiative has been phenomenal. Even those with equated results (from other countries) and adult candidates have been registered using this online system,” Wakabi-Waiswa said.

With online registration, schools work from anywhere and save the information on a removable disk, transfer it to the nearest internet café and send the data to Uneb.

“Using a smartphone or internet, a candidate can verify that she/he is registered. The advantage of this one is that it comes complete with the photograph. This removes any doubt that a parent or candidate may have on our verification page at https://ereg.uneb.ac.ug/reg_status,” he said.

Parents can also check the registration status by typing Reg <space> full index number & send to 6600 on only MTN and Airtel networks.

EXORBITANT CHARGES

Some schools without centre numbers were also reported to be charging exorbitant examination fees to register candidates at other institutions.

Uneb increased its registration fees this year with PLE candidates required to pay Shs 34,000; while O-level candidates pay Shs 164,000.

A-level students are required to pay 186,000. Each candidate from a private school pays Shs 15,000 more (O-level) and Shs 18,000 (A-level).

PLE Comparative registration figures for 2016 and 2017 by gender and status

 

2017

   

2016

   
 

Male

Female

Total

Males

Female

Total

UPE

227,335

238,950

466,286

239,431

248,621

488,052

Non-UPE

85,150

94,478

179,628

72,313

80,469

152,781

Total

312,485

333,428

645,914

311,743

329,090

640,833

 Registration Statistics by Gender (UCE/UACE)

Level of examination

No. of examination centres

No. of candidates

No. & %age of registered candidates

 

UCE

3,620

Male

165,100

325,695

(91.9%)

Female

160,595

UACE

2,205

Male

59,230

101,131

(86.8%)

Female

41,901

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