By Fred Kiva
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2017 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) results with 90.9percent of the candidates passing. This presents an improvement from the previous year’s 87.02percent.
A total of 628,606 candidates sat last year’s exams out of which 571,252 passed. According to the Uganda National Examinations Board, “a candidate is deemed to have passed, if he/she obtains divisional grades of 1, 2, 3 or 4. Such candidates will qualify to register for any post primary examination conducted by UNEB.”
The UNEB breakdown of the candidates’ performance in terms of grades indicates that 57,198 candidates passed in Division One while 293,977 passed in Division Two. 128,573 passed in Division Three, 91, 504 passed in Division Four, while 57,354 candidates were ungraded.
Candidates performed well in Social Studies and Integrated Science, while Mathematics improved at credit and pass levels, with a decline at Distinction level. Performance in English declined.
Officiating at the release of this year’s results, First Lady and Minister for Education applauded all those who participated in the marking of the exams to enable timely release of results. The Minister however discouraged pre-registration exams in schools saying the practice leads some candidates to dropout.
“The practice of pre-registration exams must stop in public or private schools. School Administrators must put in place mechanisms that enable effective teaching,” the Minister said.
Speaking earlier, state Minister for Education Rosemary Sseninde expressed concern over school administrators who deny candidates a chance to sit exams because of non-payment of school requirements. “I think this is where we need to come and help these candidates,” she noted.