PLE: kids fail English, 2,559 pupils’ results withheld

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Dan Odongo, the Uneb Executive Secretary

Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] has Friday released results of pupils who sat for the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations [PLE].

Speaking at the event, Dan Odongo, the Uneb Executive Secretary, said girls constituted 51% as compared to boys 48% which means more girls completed the primary education cycle.

He said performance was better in social studies (94.6%), integrated science (88.3%) and mathematics (83.8%). However, performance declined in English language.

Examiners noted an improvement in handwriting and work layout of candidates while answers were in full sentences regardless of correctness of the answers.

Districts with the highest failure rates include Kween, Bukwo, Toronto, Kayunga, Mbale, Mayuge, Kamuli, Buvuma, Budaka and Bududa.

According to Odongo, results will be uploaded on the Uneb portal while hard copies will be available at UNEB offices in Ntinda starting at 3pm.

“Utilize SMS services on mobile networks for instant results, follow instructions below.”

Uneb registered a total of 646,190 candidates. About three quarters of the registered children are from UPE schools.

“We have gradually been reducing the number of students who register for exams and don’t sit for them. In 2017, we registered 2.4%, the lowest ever recorded,” Odongo said.

He revealed that the performance in 2017 is better than 2016 except from the division one level.

At Luzira Prisons, 89 candidates sat for the exams. Three passed in division 1, 36 passed in division 2, 18 came in division 3, 20 in division 4 and 1 was ungraded.

Non UPE schools have continued to perform better but failure rate is higher in UPE schools at 11% compared to 4% in non UPE schools.

Odongo says results of 2,559 candidates were withheld by UNEB pending completion of investigations of malpractices.

“We are uploading these results on the portal and can be accessed. Anyone with a mobile phone will type “PLE [Index number]” and send to 6600.”