Francis Enzama, the Secretary for Maracha District Secondary Schools Examination Council, explained that while the primary purpose of these examinations was to assess students' knowledge, skills, and competencies in various subjects, many candidates faced challenges in interpreting the questions, resulting in the poor results.
Not a single senior four candidate
in Maracha district registered a first grade in this year’s Uganda Certificate
of Education (UCE) mock examinations. At least 897 candidates from both public
and private schools registered for the mock exams.
However, the results
released on Wednesday revealed that no student had achieved a first-division
grade. Only 22 students passed with second-grade scores, 80 attained third-division scores, 475 secured fourth-division and 306 students failed
the exams. Additionally, 14 students were unable to write the mock examinations
due to various reasons.
Francis Enzama, the Secretary
for Maracha District Secondary Schools Examination Council, explained that
while the primary purpose of these examinations was to assess students'
knowledge, skills, and competencies in various subjects, many candidates faced
challenges in interpreting the questions, resulting in the poor results.
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Meanwhile, Romano Oka, the
Chairperson of Maracha District Secondary Schools Head Teacher Association,
attributed the poor results to a lack of commitment and prevalent cases of
indiscipline among the students. Oka encouraged both students and teachers to
use these results as motivation to work diligently in preparation for the
upcoming final national exams scheduled for later this year.
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Dicky Alema, the Maracha
District Secretary for Social Services, urged head teachers to assist in
preparing the candidates, emphasizing that there is still an opportunity to
improve the outcomes during the forthcoming final examinations. Alema pointed
out that teachers should guide students through corrections based on the mock
Alema stated, "The
environment under which our students sat for the mock exams was not favorable,
but there is still room for improving these results before the final
examinations." This year's mock exams were administered by at least 11
secondary schools, as indicated by records from the Maracha District Secondary
Schools Examinations Council.