Lira, Kampala – Parents and students across the country are celebrating, others are weeping after the release of the 2019 Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] results.
On Friday, First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni who’s also the Education and Sports Minister was the Chief Guest in the release of the 2019 secondary schools results.
One of the students from Lira Municipality who wrote the 2019 UCE exams was Jimmy Awany, commonly known as ‘Cingmalu’.
Mr Awany who’s the Adyel division LC3 Chairperson in Lira Municipality, performed ‘well’ according to those [his admirers] who saw his final results.
The UPC supporter and a staunch congressman, scooped 49 aggregate [3rd grade], with Commerce his best subject – attaining credit 3.
The Adyel division chairman scored nine  in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. He scored five  in History, Geography and Agriculture. Others subjects are; CRE 6 and English 7.
“This is commendable for someone who has been out of school,” Awany’s admirer who saw his result, says.
One added: “However, the nature of his work could not allow him to concentrate reading. Congratulations Hon.”
Another fan says, “He has made us proud, he didn’t fail like others. That’s an encouragement to the young generation.”
By press time, attempts to reach Mr Awany for his comment was futile.
According to UNEB, 1262 students’ results across the country has been withheld for examination malpractices. The Examination Board also added that 92% has qualified for A’Level this year.
Speaking before release of the examination results, First Lady Janet Museveni said it’s a very wrong development and bad practice when teachers rush through the syllabus, months before the scheduled end.
By so doing, she says it gives students or pupils adequate knowledge because many topics are skipped. “The entire curriculum is meant to develop learners,” added.
In 2018, those who passed were 87.2% compared to tremendous improvement in the 2019 – standing at 92.2% and failure rate from 12.8% to 7.8%.
UNEB chairperson, Ms Mary Okwakol said the exams were done smoothly and were free from ‘seepage’.
“Increased rate of candidature demonstrates that each year, more of our learners are completing the UCE [O’level] cycle,” she added.