The Board conducted this examination between 12th April and 3rd May, 2021 under the theme “Integrity and Security in the Management of Examinations; the Health and Safety of the Learners is a joint Responsibility”.
Dan Odongo, Uneb Executive Director, said on Friday that 98,392 candidates registered for the 2020 UACE examination from 1,952 centres compared to 104,476 candidates from 2,094 centres in 2019.
This is a decrease of 6,084 candidates (-5.8%). Candidates appeared for the examination were 97,490, compared to 103,429 in 2019, a decrease of 5,989 candidates (-5.8%).
The number of candidates registered under the UPOLET programme was 17,647 (17.9%) of total candidature compared to 19,361 in 2019 (18.5% of total candidature).
The decrease of candidature at this level has been much more than at UCE.
41,190 female candidates registered for UACE in 2020 compared to 43,625 in 2019. Females constituted 41.9% of the total number of candidates who took the examination in 2020.
Whereas parity has been achieved at the lower levels (PLE and UCE), the number of females transiting to the UACE level is still significantly lower than that of males.
The rate of absenteeism of candidates at UACE in 2020 has remained about the same at 1.0% in 2019, and has been reducing over the last five years.
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.
At the minimum two Principals level required for University admission, 68,013 candidates (69.8%) qualify, which is 2,290 more than in 2019.
In cases where one Principal and two Subsidiary passes levels are considered for admission to other tertiary institutions, 89.3% of the candidates will qualify.