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Female Students Dominate TVET Exams

Onesmus Oyesigye Executive Secretary UBTEB (left) handing over the end-of-program examination results to Eng. Silver Mugisha Chairman Board UBTEB. (Photo by Ivan Kabuye)

Female students have outperformed their male counterparts in the field of technical vocational and education training (TVET) exams, as indicated by the recently disclosed results. The outcomes, made public on Friday, reveal that out of a total of 3,931 candidates (approximately 57 percent), females have successfully demonstrated full proficiency in their respective domains during the April-August examination sessions.

In contrast, the results show that 43 percent, or 2,982, of the male candidates managed to complete the exams satisfactorily. Onesmus Oyesigye, the executive secretary of the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB), unveiled the examination results. Among the 8,538 individuals who undertook the examinations, a noteworthy 6,913 candidates (equivalent to 81 percent) showcased adeptness in all required competencies for their specific trades.

Oyesigye noted, “A notable achievement was observed in the successful culmination of physical and biological science diploma programs, recording an impressive pass rate of 82 percent. Other program categories also exhibited strong performance, with completion rates exceeding 70 percent.”

He further explained that the final assessment scores were determined based on the candidates’ performance across various factors, including Continuous Assessment, Industrial Training, Practical Assessment, Real-life Projects, and written theory evaluations.

The assessment encompassed a total of 13,768 candidates (8,002 females and 5,766 males) hailing from 262 examination centers. This evaluation period spanned from April 21st to May 26th, 2023.

The released results pertain to candidates who have accomplished their studies in a range of programs, including:

  • Technical Diploma programs
  • Technical Higher Diploma
  • Business Diploma programs and Business Certificate programs
  • Physical and Biological Diploma and Certificate programs

In comparison to the May/June 2022 examination results, which saw 10,383 candidates registering, there has been a substantial 75 percent upswing in the number of students who have successfully completed their exams this year, during the same time frame (April-May).

Currently, Uganda hosts a network of over 600 TVET training institutions, representing a significant increase from the 173 institutions recorded in 2011. The Ministry of Education and Sports has indicated that at least 70 percent of these institutions are privately owned.

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