Gulu- A new report by the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) ranks girls as the worst performers in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics compared to boys in the last three successive years.
The report released on Tuesday shows that in the 2012 UCE results, 75.6 per cent of female candidates who sat for Chemistry scored F9 compared to their male counterparts whose failure stood at 66.6 per cent.
The report further shows that in 2011, 71.1 per cent of girls who sat for Chemistry at O-Level failed compared to 63.4 per cent of boys.
In 2010, 52.9 per cent of female candidates failed to pass chemistry against 47.8 per cent of the boys.
The second poorly performed subject is Physics. In 2011, 66.7 per cent of girls failed the subject while in 2012 the percentage failure increased to 66.9.
In the same year, 46.6 per cent of girls failed Biology, up from 44.5 per cent the previous year.
While releasing the findings at Gulu Secondary School in Gulu Town, Dr Saverio Pido, a researcher with Uneb, noted that Uganda will fail to have female scientists in the future if the trend continues.
“The findings are not good for a developing country like Uganda which is striving to improve in science and technology,” he said.
Dr Pido attributed the problem to poor attitude, lack of use of laboratory equipment and poor learning environment.
Ms Santa Akello, a female teacher, observed that science subjects such as Biology, are very wide, making it difficult for learners to exhaust the whole subject matter before sitting for exams.