A total of 58 candidates did not show up for the Nursing and Midwifery National Examinations that were conducted last year between September and November.
The examinations in question were scheduled for learners who had either missed or failed the earlier series of the examination which were sat in December 2020. They attracted 1,097 candidates with 951 of them offering Certificate programs and 146 diploma programs.
Those who never showed up include 53 Candidates for certificate programmes and five candidates for Diploma programs. In the previous examinations held in December 2020, a total of 123 registered candidates didn’t turn up for the final examinations.
Helen Mukakarisa Kataratambi, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board-UNMEB noted that when the student failed to turn up for the examinations, the board decided to follow up each case.
They found out that 26 Candidates dropped out after the death of their parents and guardians while 11 candidates declared themselves unable to attend examinations due to advanced pregnancies and being newly married.
“Five candidates lost interest in the program due to engagement in other economic activities, one candidate requested for a dead year and preferred to sit when exams will be next offered and another was reported sick during the conduct of the examinations,” Kataratambi said moments before the release of the examination results on Friday afternoon.
Kataratambi, however, added that during the process they couldn’t account for 14 students who failed to show up thus directing heads of institutions where the said learners had been registered to find out the reason behind their absenteeism and report to the board immediately.
Meanwhile, out of 898 that sat for final Semester examinations on Certificate programs, 846 candidates passed while 52 failed the examinations. At diploma level, 141 sat for the final examinations out of which 110 passed and 31 candidates were ungraded.
Kataratambi noted that the general performance of candidates declined with the board registering an average pass mark of 78 per cent compared to the usual 94 per cent.
The Executive Secretary attributed the poor performance to the effects of COVID-19 on the learning process which included but are not limited to; disruption in the school calendar which affected concentration and inadequate contact with Tutors which reduced the level of consultation and support.
She, however encouraged students who failed, and those who missed the September 2021 examination to immediately return to their respective institution and embark on preparation to reseat the examinations in the series which will soon be prepared by the board.
State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo who officiated at the release of the results commended UNMEB for having organized examination for students who had missed the December 2020 examination noting that this is a good gesture for not leaving any child behind.
In addition, Hajat Mariam Walusimbi, the chairperson Uganda National Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board-UNMEB, courted the Ministry of Education to extend the student loans to cover students on lower qualifications in health training institutions noting that the country critically needs more of these cadre yet many of them are being knocked out of school by failure to raise tuition.