This month (November), over 100,000 candidates across Uganda started Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams. Are you a candidate? Do you have a candidate in your family or neighbourhood? At the end of this month, the exams will be over. What do you do next? Here is simple advice to help you get along.

  1. December 2019: Be optimistic

The most important thing to do after exams is to remain optimistic, no matter how you wrote your papers. Don’t ever feel as if you are the worst in the world and that you will never make. Just remember, you have done many exams before.  Discuss exams with people who encourage you, not those who despise you.

  • December 2019: Sort out the JAB forms

Just before you leave school and go home, it is important you fill and return JAB forms, if at all you need. You see, you can only qualify for District Quota scholarships only, and only if you completed JAB forms. It doesn’t matter how many points you get. Make sure you don’t make sure this opportunity. Your vacation starts officially after exams.

  • January 2020: Start Preparing for University Life

When the New Year begins, your vacation has officially started. But don’t get carried away and have too much fun. Start preparing for university. At university, you will most likely stay alone in a hostel. Start buying small things you may need. It will reduce the pressure later in July when you are admitted and have little time to prepare. Also, help with housework and gardening.

  • March 2020: Get your results & use them wisely

Every year, UACE exams are released in March. After viewing your results online, and on phone, make sure you go to school and officially get your result slip. Make many photocopies and keep the original very well. Losing an important document can mess up your dreams.

  • March 2020: Don’t miss the University Guide

Irrespective of where you stay, make sure you buy a copy of University Guides that are printed by both New Vision and Daily Monitor newspapers. If you can’t afford, visit the public library. Decide which course /programme you want to pursue. Arts or Science? You decide.

  • April 2020: Start applying for University

In April, most universities and institutions start calling for applicants to apply for study. Work with your parents or guardians, and get the necessary application fee (usually 50,000). Also, consult them on the course you want to study. Even if you filled JAB forms, please apply under private admission, just in case.

  • May 2020: Prepare

In May, continue preparing, whether you applied for certificate, diploma or degree course. In life, what matters is moving forward. The more you stay in school, the more skill you gain, which is good.

  • June 2020: Maintain good health & relationships

As young people, learn to respect elders, parents and everyone. Just because you are going to university doesn’t mean you ignore and mistreat others. Also, keep healthy – exercise, eat well and avoid HIV/AIDS and STDs.

  • July 2020: Get admission or plan B

If you are admitted to a university, that’s good. Prepare and go. If you are not admitted, there’s usually plan B. You can enroll in another institution or postpone until next year.

  1. August 2020: Go to study

If you have been admitted, it’s time for school. Remember, your parents and family have spent a lot to give you a good life. Make sure you study hard and make them proud. End.

In case you need assistance during the journey, feel free to contact me. +256788654486. 

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