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UCE 2018 RESULTS : Best and Worst Districts, Subjects

Over 2548 results cancelled

Uganda National examination Board on Thursday, January 31, 2019 released the 2018 Uganda certificate examination results.

An inforgraphic Comparison of performance for the years 2017 and 2018: ByPatience Mugadu


A total of 336,740 candidates registered for the 2018 UCE in 3,658 centres. The number of candidates in 2018 was higher than that of 2017 by 10,528. Of the 336,740 candidates, the education ministry indicates that 45.2% are beneficiaries of the government universal education programme (UPE).

In 2017, 31,338 UCE candidates excelled in Division One compared to 25,610 in 2016. In 2017, 53,665 candidates featured in Division Two while the previous year had 44,614.

In 2017, 31,338 UCE candidates excelled in Division One compared to 25,610 in 2016. In 2017, 53,665 candidates featured in Division Two while the previous year had 44,614.

Of the 335, 435 students who sat for the examination, 42,334 failed showing a drastic increase from the 27,955 registered numbers of failures in 2017.

“More candidates 288,387 passed the examination compared to 287,350. Though chief examiners continue to report problems of question interpretation, misunderstanding of keywords and generally poor language expression,” Dan Odongo the UNEB Gen.secretary reported.

Male candidates passed way highly than their female counterparts with the latter defeating the former only in English.

Performance of boys Vs Girls in the UCE 2018


The ministry noted that there has been a persistent poor performance in science subjects across the country with over half of the candidates failing to reach the minimum pass 8.

The UNEB chairperson, Mary Okwakol, yesterday applauded UNEB management for taking an initiative to reduce on the number of cases of withheld results from 4525 in the year 2017 examination to 1825 in 2018.

“I am pleased to report that of the 4525 candidates whose results were withheld, 1977 were cleared and had their results release. Regrettably, results of 2548 candidates were cancelled’’. Okwakwol said.

Christian religious education, history, geography, agriculture, chemistry and physics were the worst done subjects.

Languages especially English language, Islamic religious education had the best performance registered.

Distinctions registered in Mathematics and biology also improved.

Wakiso and Kampala maintained their quo topping the least of the best districts with 594 and 341 first grades respectively followed by Luweero district with 266 first grades.

Nakapiripit was the worst followed by Kwen and Kalangala with only two first grades.

She says exam results withheld reduced from 4,525 in 2017 to 1,825 in 2018. And of those withheld in 2017, 1,977 were cleared and released. 

Meanwhile, we are told that gender parity was nearly reached, with males at 50.4% and females at 49.6%

The result lists will be issued and may be collected by schools from the UNEB offices in Ntinda, Kampala starting at around 4pm.

To access results on your mobile, type UCE, leave a space, type the full and correct candidate index number and then send to 6600

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