This year’s end of Primary Course national examinations, Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) start Monday morning across Uganda, with candidates writing a Mathematics exam, before sitting for Social Studies in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, they will attempt Integrated Science in the morning and close with English in the afternoon.
Over 600,000 candidates are sitting for these examinations in the whole country with a slight increase in last last year’s number.
While addressing journalists last week, the Executive Secretary of Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Dan Odongo, said that the Board has registered a 3.9% increase of the total number of students sitting for the exams this year, majority being females.
Out of the total registered 671,923 candidates who will sit for exams from the 13,072 centres, 346,693 are females while 324,960 are males.
No Writing School Names
Unlike the previous years, UNEB announced that this year, candidates will not indicate the name of their school on their answer booklets as a way of “promoting integrity”. Instead, they wi use the Education Management Information system numbers.
Last year, gross examination malpractices were reported with several examination questions circulating on social media prior to their sitting.
UNEB now says, to ensure that security prevails, Police and other security officials together over 10,000 scouts have been deployed through out the country to man this exercise.