Secondary schools performance will be graded a little differently by the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) when results of the 2017 ordinary-level examinations are released sometime next year.
Examinations start on Monday. The examinations body, according to its executive secretary Dan N. Odongo, will use the school effectiveness measure to report performance of secondary schools.
While announcing the start of S4 exams at Uneb offices in Ntinda yesterday, Odongo said the measure is fairer and more accurate in terms of comparing schools.
Historically, secondary schools have been judged largely by using the percentage of students in division one at O-level, which Uneb says has some weaknesses.
“This new measure will take into account the grades with which students were admitted into senior one and the final grades they will have obtained at S4 to report on how much value in terms of performance a school will have added to learners,” Odongo said.
He added that Uneb will now be able to measure the quality of teaching within schools, and school heads are encouraged to focus on all learners, irrespective of their starting ability.
At every release of results, Uneb will issue detailed reports to each school on how they performed against the national average in order to guide them on how to improve on performance.
About 326,149 senior four candidates are expected to sit this year’s Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations at 3,568 centres across the country. At least 151,894 (46.6 per cent) candidates are from government schools while 174,255 (53.4 per cent) are private.
Uneb statistics indicate that candidate numbers at O-level have increased by 3,020 (about 0.9 percent) from 323,129 in 2016.
For all the three levels of P7, S4 and S6, Uneb will examine a total of 1,073,715 candidates during the October/ November examinations compared to last year’s 1,068,352.
Over the last three weeks, visiting examiners have been conducting practical tests in optional subjects such as Home Sciences, Music and oral tests in French and German languages.
Today (Friday), all candidates will be briefed ahead of their written examinations scheduled for Monday, October 16 and ending on November 20.