Special needs education (SNE) candidates performed better in last year’s rescheduled Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination results compared to 2019.
According to UCE results released on Friday at State House in Nakasero, the best SNE candidate, Solomon Preance Mbuya who is partially sighted and required large prints for his work, passed with eight aggregates. This means he scored distinction one in all the eight compulsory subjects. Mbuya was at Our Lady of Africa SS, Namilyango in Mukono.
A total of 519 SNE candidates registered for the 2020 UCE examinations compared to 358 in 2019. Of these, 252 were male and 267 female.
These consisted of the blind (29), those with low vision (104), the deaf (78), the dyslexics (43) and physically handicapped (76). There were 189 others with other forms of disability that only needed to be given extra time.
Uneb executive secretary Dan N. Odongo said the board made adequate arrangements for these candidates, which included modification of questions, provision of questions written in braille form, providing support personnel for the handicapped and dyslexics, and sign language interpreters for the deaf.
“The board has a deliberate policy to ensure inclusiveness in assessment. To this end, we have worked with schools to assist them identify learners with special education needs and as a result, the number of such learners who were registered for and sat for the 2020 exams increased compared to the previous year,” Odongo said.
He added: “Candidates with low vision were given question papers with enlarged print to enable them read more easily. All SNE candidates were allowed extra 45 minutes in each paper.”
The second best SNE candidate who needed physical assistance as he could neither write nor hold apparatus for practical subjects is Joel Khauka with aggregate 10 from Uganda Martyrs SS, Namugongo.
He is followed by Tino Esther Osega with aggregate 12 from Trinity College Nabbingo, Nancy Apili also partially sighted from Adwari SS in Otuke got aggregate 13, and Benitah Katrina Nanyombi who is dyslexic from Uganda Martyrs SS Namugongo obtained aggregate 16.
Teddy Nalugwa Mukasa also a dyslexic from Uganda Martyrs SS Namugongo got aggregate 20, Yudaya Nabaka, blind, got aggregate 25 from Iganga SS, Mathew Asasira, blind, from Iganga SS got aggregate 30, Timothy Cheikol, deaf, from Mbale School for the Deaf got aggregate 35, and Brenda Nyangoma also deaf from Wakiso School for the Deaf got aggregate 38.
Uneb introduced a policy of highlighting the top SNE candidates as a way of motivating these learners to perform better as well as encourage their parents and guardians to keep them in school.
Meanwhile, as part of the special category groups, the Uneb examination centre at Luzira Prisons for the inmates to assist the Uganda Prison Service in their efforts at rehabilitation of offenders registered 45 candidates and all sat.
Four candidates obtained division one, eight passed in division two, 15 got division three, and 18 passed in division four. This year, no prison candidate failed the exams.