Female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in the 2016 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations (UACE) and government attributed this to growing confidence among girls.
It had become traditional for boys to outcompete girls including in the recent PLE and UCE examinations.
Delivering the results yesterday, the executive secretary of UNEB, Mr. Dan Odongo, explained that girls performed better than boys at the A-E principal pass levels in all the large entry subjects except in General paper, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Subsidiary ICT.
More boys than girls however, sat for the exams.
More girls opt for the art subjects which were performed better than sciences and mathematics which registered relatively poor performance.
UWEZO Uganda country director, Mary Gorreti Nakabugo in an interview said she was not surprised that female candidates had performed better than their male counterparts because there is no scientific factor that explains why boys should always beat girls in examinations.
‘’ I know that there are many factors that are against girls in their learning but there is no evidence to show that girls are weaker because when they work hard, they can perform better than boys, ’she said.
She warned that the country should not become complacent because girls have performed better and stop putting more effort in addressing the learning challenges that make girls lag behind boys.
The director of studies of Kawempe Moslem School Mr.Ishaq Tumwesigye told daily monitor that female students outperformed male students because of the various incentives given to the girls including the 1.5points bonus for university admission, which motivates them to work harder.
‘’ we have female candidates now believing in themselves that they can make it just like their male counterparts,’’ Mr. Tumwesigye said.
The deputy Head teacher of St. Mary’s college Rushoroza in Kabale Ms. Grace Tumukunde said girls were gaining inspiration from women who occupy ‘’big offices’’ in the country.
‘’ you know having role models like the women in big offices it can motivate the girls to work harder in school. If they see these big ladies and politicians doing well, automatically they are motivated,’’ Ms Tumukunde.