From analysis of the results, 602 candidates (about 28%) were negatively affected by modules such as engineering surveying, engineering mathematics II, Strength of Materials, AutoCAD (a commercial computer-aided design and drafting software application) and Thermodynamics.
Students of Uganda Technical College (UTC) - Bushenyi at a construction site. Photo Credit; UTC Bushenyi.
UBTEB students are struggling with Science subjects at Diploma level
in various technical and vocational institutions across the country.
According to the results released on Thursday, by the Uganda
Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB), there were 175 accredited
examination centres countrywide, with a total of 7,006 end of programme
candidates in 39 technical institutes, 113 business diploma and certificate
programs and three physical and biological diploma and certificate programmes.
From analysis of the results, 602 candidates (about 28%) were negatively affected
by modules such as engineering surveying, engineering mathematics II, Strength
of Materials, AutoCAD (a commercial computer-aided design and drafting software
application) and Thermodynamics.
“These have some papers to perfect competences. They did not satisfy all the
required standards and will have to improve their competences in some of the
modules when the examinations and continuous assessment will next be offered,”
says Onesmus Oyesigye, the UBTEB Executive Secretary.
The results show that only 35 candidates (2%) of the 2,153
candidates that sat technical diploma excelled in class 1 with Distinctions.
None of the candidates obtained a distinction in the National Diploma
Electrical Engineering and a diploma in Refrigeration and Air conditioning.
This was the same with Higher Diplomas in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, and a Higher Diploma in Building (Construction) Engineering.
Out of a total of 2,606 candidates that registered for this year, only 1,551
successfully completed their studies.
For this technical science category, more male candidates incidentally dominate
in registration at 2,606 and only 264 females signifying a continued narrowing
of the gender gap.
The Board has advised that the Heads of Examination Centres to monitor the
teaching and ensure early coverage and completion of syllabus/ curricula in
UBTEB also assesses competencies for students offering the physical and
biological sciences diploma programmes. These programs are from training institutions
under ministries of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries, Tourism,
Wildlife and Antiquities, Ministry of Lands and Urban Development as well as
Ministry of Water and Environment.
Under these ministries, diplomas in Cartography (Geoinformatics),
Land Management and Valuation, Physical Planning, Land surveying and geomatics,
Agro Meteorology, Animal Production and Management, Crop Production and
Management, Boat Building Technology and Marine, Fisheries and Management
Technologies and a Diploma in Integrated Agriculture and Aquaculture.
The Board assessed their May-June examinations of 788 candidates that sat,
where a total of 536 successfully completed their programs while 252 (about
For the candidates that did fisheries programs, courses such as Fish Diversity
& Taxonomy, Fisheries Resources Management negatively affected their
completion rate owing poor performance in the subjects.
Also out of the 120 candidates that sat for these programmes under certificate
level, 55% failed.