Uganda Professional Science Teachers' Union – UPSTU

Uganda Professional Science Teachers’ Union (UPSTU)

Rise in Science and Mathematics Entries at UACE 2023 is Noteworthy Progress

The recently released Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) 2023 results have brought to light a significant increase in the number of students opting for Science and Mathematics subjects. This positive trend, as highlighted in reports from both the UNEB Chairperson and the Executive Director, is a good indicator for a paradigm shift to charting a new course in Uganda’s education system. The improvement, especially in Biology, underscores a transformative shift in attitudes towards these critical subjects.

The rise in enrollments for Science and Mathematics is a testament to the dedication and hard work of both students and educators. This positive outcome is particularly noteworthy in the backdrop of recent salary increments for science teachers. The improved remuneration has evidently boosted the commitment of educators, overcoming challenges and needs that persist in the education sector. Teachers have reduced on the practice of part timing, hence being more available to teach and assess learners. The results signal a promising future shaped by knowledge, innovation, and a collective dedication to advancing STEM education.

As we celebrate this remarkable progress, it’s crucial to recognize the broader implications of increased enrollments in Science and Mathematics.  Science and Mathematics are foundational to progress, playing pivotal roles in industries, medicine, and related fields. Beyond the numbers, this shift thus represents a significant step towards nurturing a generation of learners equipped with the skills and knowledge to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s development.

The UACE 2023 results echo a promising narrative for science education in Uganda. The rise in enrollments serves as an encouraging indication of positive transformations within the education landscape. As we acknowledge the hard work of both students and teachers, we look forward to a future where Science and Mathematics play a central role in shaping Uganda’s development and transformation.

By Mugaiga Aron
General Secretary – UPSTU

Abridged version of this article was published in The New Vision news paper of 13th March, 2024

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