More than half of the female candidates who sat for business and technical exams last year failed, according to the results released by the education ministry yesterday. This has been attributed to pregnancies and maternal problems. The results indicate that 932 (57%) of the 1,639 female candidates failed compared to 46% of their male counterparts. Those who failed are required to sit for probation papers.
The highest number of failures was in business courses, where 659 (76.1%) of the candidates, majority (about 80%) of them girls, are to re-sit the exams. The business courses include the national certificate in secretarial studies, accountancy, purchasing and supplies management and business management.
Girls come to study when they already have children; others get pregnant and deliver while studying. So they come (to school) with their children and baby sitters. This affects their performance,” said one of the tutors.
Some people pushed the blame on the fact that most students who register for BTVET certificate courses are “academically very weak” while Wilson Oringor, a tutor at Uganda College of Commerce, Tororo, noted that students fail business calculations due to lack of mathematical skills.
Meanwhile, Education minister Jessica Alupo asked parents to encourage their students to enroll for business and vocational education, which she said was the sure way to curb youth unemployment.