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Grade III Teacher Candidates Drop in National Exams

According to the results that were released today, there was a reduction of 4780 candidates compared to those that sat for the examinations in 2017. In 2017 15,944 candidates sat compared to 11,164 in 2018
18 Apr 2019 17:58
The Minister of Education, Janet Museveni

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The number of teachers sitting for Grade III Teacher's Certificate Examinations has reduced according to 2018 results.

According to the results, there was a reduction of 4,780 candidates compared to those that sat for the examinations in 2017. In 2017 15,944 candidates sat compared to 11,164 in 2018.

The reduction in numbers of students has been attributed to the introduction of the new entry requirements in 2016 by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The new requirements demand the applicants to have a credit in Mathematics and English and two passes in either of the Science subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Agriculture. 

Anne Begumisa, the Academic registrar Kyambogo University says that the significant drop in the number of candidates who sat for exams can only be attributed to the new entry requirements.

“When you look at the number of the candidates who sat in 2017 and 2016, a slight reduction of around 329 students only. However this time, the number is very big”, Begumisa said.

Data from Kyambogo University shows that in 2017 a total of 15,944 candidates sat for exams compared to 16,273 from the previous year.  

Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports says the reduction in candidates is not an issue to be worried about at the moment. She says Uganda has an adequate number of trained teachers at the moment.  

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 Dr Jane Egau, the Commissioner for Teacher Training and Education says the reduction in numbers is good because it will help leave the teaching profession to serious students.  

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A total of 11,164 students sat for last year’s examinations from 58 examination centres. 16 students passed with distinctions, 7,025 with credits and 263 scored passes. 544 candidates had their examinations ungraded while 3,316 students failed and are set to repeat.