The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) today released the 2019 Primary Leaving Examination results. At least 69,243 (10.1 percent) of the pupils who sat last year’s Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) passed in division one. The release was officiated by the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni at Kampala Parents School in Naguru.
According to the UNEB chairperson, Ms Mary Okwakol candidates who sit for PLE continues to increase every year. “We have continued to record increases in candidature every year. Once again, we registered more girls for this examination. We have observed this trend for the last five years. This could be because of increased sensitization of the need to keep the girl child in schools,” she said.
The board Executive Secretary Dan Odongo said at least 318,155 candidates scored a second division while a total of 140,420 passed in third division. At last year’s 2018 PLE, male candidates performed better than their female counterparts with about 41,000 of them passing in division one compared to their female counterparts who only had 35,000 passing in division one.
According to him, out of 695,804 candidates of which 336,040 (48.3) were boys and 359,764 (51.7) girls who sat for exams, at least 617,150 (90.4%) passed the exams. “A total of 89,332 have passed in the fourth division while 66,152 accounting for 9.6% are ungraded,” he said before adding that the performance of this year has improved significantly compared to the performance of pupils who sat in 2018.
“More girls have continued to remain in school at least up to completion of PLE. Parents are partly responsible for ensuring that pupils remain in school. The result indicate that performance have improved and more pupils will join the post PLE level,” he said. Hele added that 68.2% of the candidates who sat PLE were beneficiaries of Universal Primary Education (UPE), a government program.
The best-done subjects in 2019 were English and Social Studies. Science and Mathematics were the worst done subjects. “Uganda national examinations board has registered an improvement in the performance of the pupils who sat for the 2019 PLE,” he said.
Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) also revealed that it withheld results of 1,512 candidates who sat for the 2019 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE). “This is much lower than the 3,346 withheld in 2018 PLE. Schools whose results are withheld will be notified through their District Inspectors of Schools,” said Mr Daniel Odongo.
To access your results, Go to the message menu and type ‘PLE’, leave space, type correct candidate index number and then send it to 6600. You should then receive the results or registration details instantly. Each SMS sent to 6600 is charged UGX. 500 on both Airtel and MTN networks, therefore, users must ensure that they have enough credit on their phones.