Janet Museveni Students over 18 to Get Vaccinated (1)
Janet Museveni, the First Lady of Uganda, has urged educators and learners to consider getting vaccinated for the Covid-19 in advance of the reopening of schools. PHOTO/TWITTER

Among her call to teachers and learners, Janet Museveni has suggested that those over 18 should consider getting vaccinated against Covid-19 while they await a final decision from the government on the reopening of schools.

The First Lady Janet Museveni has urged teachers and learners preferably those above 18 to consider getting vaccinated for the Covid-19 as they await the government’s decision on school reopening.

“In talking about safety, let me remind Headteachers, Principals and Heads of other Education Institutions of Learning, to mobilize your respective teachers, non-teaching staff, and learners above 18 years of age to go for their COVID-19 vaccination as vaccines become,” the first lady said while releasing the results for 2020 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations.

Speaking about the results, Janet expressed her gratitude that the 2020 UACE Examinations were conducted smoothly like the P.L.E and U.C.E. 

She said the release meant that a total of 1,175,024 students sat exams in 2020 in candidate classes including P.7, S.4 and S.6.

“Today, we released the results of the 2020 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examination. This is the final set of end-of-cycle Examinations administered by UNEB. We celebrate what our young people have achieved in the face of all gloom and despondency that many of our people were driven into by the pandemic,” Janet said.

She added that even amidst the effects posed by the pandemic, the 2020 candidates outperformed those in 2019 with up to 70% of them attaining at least two or more principal passes.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) figures according to Janet also indicate an increase in the number of candidates that took Sciences in 2020 compared with those in 2019. 

On the other hand, in 2020, less than one per cent of candidates compared with 1.4 per cent in 2019 failed to attain a satisfactory result to qualify them for progression to university or tertiary education.

“This development must be applauded and encouraged. As you have all heard or read, the 2020 UACE performance was better than the previous cycle of 2019. 

From the results, you can see that 70% of the candidates in 2020 compared with 64% in 2019 attained two or more Principal passes to qualify them for university education,” Janet added.

She further urged parents and learners that while much focus is on university admissions, they should also take advantage of the available tertiary and other vocational institutions because these offer relative skills on hand.

“I congratulate those who have performed well in this examination. While the attraction of university education appears to remain strong, I wish to appeal to our young people to consider taking advantage of the opportunities available in tertiary and vocational institutions,” the First Lady suggested.