Of the 695,804 students who sat for Primary Leaving Examinations in 2019, 617,150 students passed, according to Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB].
This is more than last year’s 599,593 candidates.
Speaking during the release of the results at Kampala Parents School in Naguru, First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni said, “We will sooner than later have no illiterate people.”
This, she said, is because, every year, the number of those who graduate at various levels increase just like it has done in these PLE 2019 results.
The Education minister said there could be more and more students sitting exams if only some schools can stop the behaviour of pre-registration examinations.
“Teachers must stop dictating the destiny of young people,” she noted.
She said it is sad to know that teachers and parents are leading students into examination mal-practices.
Some students failed because teachers led them into malpractice and found different questions in the exams, she said while releasing the results.
Her remarks were mainly against teachers’ involvement in malpractice and pre-registration tests.
Uneb withheld the results of over 1,500 pupils who are suspected of having engaged in cheating.
Markers found pupils had written “this is not the paper we are supposed to sit for” on their answer scripts owing to the fake papers that leaked on social media.
Janet said selection for senior one will take place at UMA showground in Lugogo from January 23 to 24, 2020.