UNEB Releases 2016 PLE Results, Citing High Female Completion

Examinations body UNEB has Thursday released results of the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in which a total of 640, look 833 candidates participated.

Results indicate that Social Studies was the best performed subject followed by English while the poorest performance was registered in Mathematics.

In 2016, search 87% (541, information pills 089) of the candidates that sat the exams passed compared to 86% in the previous year.

Results which were officially released by Education Minister Janet Museveni indicate that 10.2% of the candidates got a Division 1, 40.5% got Division 2 while 20.7% and 15.5% got Division 3 and Division 4 respectively. A total of 81,210 students failed representing 13%.

Performance in 2016 was slightly better than in 2015 at Division 1 and 2 levels.

Comparing the performance among different districts, Fort Portal exhibited the best overall pass levels followed by Entebbe, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Jinja and Kabale. The worst performers include Buyende District, Luuka, Kween, Mayuge and Kaliro.

Majority of the candidates who sat PLE in 2016 were in Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools. Only 24% attended private schools.

According to the results, performance in Non- UPE schools was better with 25% attaining Division 1 compared to 5.3% in UPE schools. 15% of the candidates in UPE schools failed the exams and do not qualify to proceed to S.1, compared to 5% who failed in private schools.

Examiners reported that candidates exhibited a better lay out of their work, handwriting was legible and expressed themselves better than previous candidates.

The UNEB Chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol who spoke at the official release of the results noted that; “the number of girls completing the Primary cycle is increasing. The number of girls registering for and sitting PLE has exceeded boys.”

Educationists have often decried the high female school dropout rates which they say affects gender inclusion in the longer term.

Prof. Okwakol reported that examination malpractice was minimal in 2016 but that other forms of indirect cheating were witnessed. To that effect, UNEB is withholding results of 1,886 candidates pending completion of investigations.

In Luzira Upper Prison, Uganda’s maximum correctional facility, out of the 69 candidates that sat PLE, 2 obtained Division 1, 32 came in Division 2 while 3 failed.

Individual results can be received using mobile telephones by texting the word PLE followed by the candidate’s Index Number. The text message is then sent to 6600.


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