The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has Friday released results of 2019 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with overall pass level registered in the Science subject.
The event which was presided over by the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni took place at Kampala Parents School.
A total of 695,804 candidates from 13,475 centres registered for last year’s PLE. Of these 473,893 (68.2%) were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries and 221,912 (31.8%) were Non-UPE.
According to the released results, the performance in English and Social Studies improved at distinction level. However, overall pass level rose in Science although performance at the distinction level dropped sharply.
According to Dan Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary, in both English and Mathematics, performance was poor in questions where candidates were required to apply knowledge in problem solving situations or express themselves freely.
“Candidates were more comfortable with questions that are direct and based on recall. This has persisted over the years,” Odongo says.
“The reports from examiners however indicated that there is an improvement in the candidates’ handwriting. Candidates also organised and presented their work more clearly even when the answers were wrong. The number of candidates scoring zero has also reduced greatly compared to previous years,” Odongo added.
The overall performance shows that 69,243 candidates passed in Division One, 318,155 passed in Division Two, 140,420 in Division Three, 89,332 passed in Division Four and 66,152 failed.
By gender, boys performed better than girls at the upper grades and with a lower failure rates.
The results show that 39,182 males (11.9%) and 30,061 (8.5%) passed in Division One, 159,923 males (48.4%) and 158,232 females (44.6%) in Division Two, 60,244 males (18.2%) and 80,176 females (22.6%) passed in Division Three.
Others, 43,868 males (13.3%) and 45,464 females (12.3%) passed in Division four whereas 26,976 males (8.2%) and 39,176 females (11.0%) failed.
At the Luzira Main Prison examination centre where 56 inmates sat for PLE, non passed in Division One. Some 31 passed in Division Two, 19 obtained Division Three and 4 passed in Division Four with only two failing.
UNEB has withheld results of 1,512 candidates on grounds of examination malpractice. Odongo said investigations will be conducted and on completion, a final decision will be taken. He however objected to reveal names of the affected schools.
“All candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded a fair hearing by the Board’s Examination Security Committee. Those candidates who will be cleared will have their results released. After the hearings are concluded, the Board will publish in the media the list of schools and districts from which results will be cancelled,” said Odongo.
Meanwhile, one can check for the results using SMS service on mobile networks which will post results of candidates on mobile sets instantly. Go to messages and type PLE leave space and type the full index number and send to 6600.