Thursday, June 18, 2020

In accordance with the Statutory Instrument, 2009 No.9 on Establishment of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board, the State Minister for higher education John Chrystestom Muyingo has released the UBTEB’s end of programme examinations results.
The results are for students who completed their studies in the following academic programmes;
I. National Technical Certificate programmes
II. Business Diploma and Certificate programmes
III. Physical and Biological Sciences Diploma and Certificate programmes
Performance summary
A total of 17,278 candidates turned up for the examinations, 13,671 (2,492 female and 11,179 male) representing 79% of the candidates who successfully completed their programs of study.
7% imprpvement in completion rate from 72% in 2018 to 79% in 2019
A total of 315 (2%) candidates got first class certificates, 8,659 (63%) Second Class Upper, 4,594 (34%) Seecond Class Lower and 103 (1%) got Third Class.
Best done programs included National Certificate in Agriculture (91%), Woodwork Technology (83%), Electrical installation system (81%) Machining and Fitting (80%) respectively.
Minister of state for higher education John Chrystestom Muyingo urged Ugandans to embrace vocational training competency-based assessments and examinations.
"The world of work now requires a skilled workforce to curb unemployment and job creation gaps. I call upon degree holders to embrace the training too. It is no longer business as usual and we should not look at these courses for lower cadre employees. We all need these skills ''he said
The Board chairman Dr Eng Silver Mugisha re-affirmed the Board's commitment to ensuring quality assessment for appropriate skills development for socio-economic transformation and national development.
According to Eng Mugisha, the Board intends to get ISO certification for UBTEB, introduce online assessments for students, the involvement of employers in the training and assessment of TVET programmes, promote and sensitize the public on the TVET policy, focus on demand-driven courses and total automation of the key examinations and assessment processes.
Eng Mugisha shared that many of the University graduands are not ready for the world of work because they lack the right attitude and skills.
"We have seen construction sites collapse and other shoddy works. This is because people lack adequate skills.
We shall work with industrial-based stakeholders in assessment to have a skills interface with UBTEB assessors and staff and subsequently build their capacity and productivity in the world of work following the trending Technological advancement." he said
Eng Mugisha added that the UBTEB Board is working on a curriculum in partnership with industries to assess the needs of the economy and contribute towards economic development and job creation through a competent workforce.
UBTEB Executive Director Onesmus Oyesigye said that the examinations board has increased its centres from 184 in 2011 to now 556 centres and is now assessing over 97% of all institutions and programs under its jurisdiction.
He added that due to the vigilance of examination supervisors and reconneitors, there were only 68 cases of examination malpractice and 16 others still under investigations. UBTEB has recommended cancelling the semester examinations a measure aimed at discouraging and stopping the vice of examination malpractice.
He also dispelled notions that UBTEB fees are high. He said that the fees have remained the same between Ugshs 90,000/= to 130,000/= depending on the course since UBTEB inception.
He appealed to schools to make the school fees breakdowns clear to reflect UBTEB examination registration fees and tuition fees so as to avoid misrepresenting UBTEB.