By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released results of the 2020 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) at State House, Entebbe.
UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo says a total of 749,761 candidates from 14,300 centres (schools) registered for PLE in 2020 compared to 695,804 in 2019.
Of this number, 513,085 (68.4%) from 11,231 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 236,677 (31.6%) of the candidates were Non-UPE.
Candidature increased by 53,957 (7.75%) over the previous year. This is the highest rate of increase recorded. Candidature has been increasing by an average of 2.5% over the last five years.
In 2020, analysis by gender indicated that 353,925 (47.2%) boys were registered compared to 395,836 (52.8%) girls, indicating that more girls than boys completed the Primary Education cycle. This has been the trend in the last five years.
The Board registered 1,599 learners with special needs of various categories. The blind, the deaf, the physically handicapped and the dyslexics among others. Of these, 752 (47.0%) are females and 847 (53.0%) are males.
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In 2020, more candidates obtained Division 1 than in 2019. The overall pass levels are comparable between the two years.
A total of 81,864 candidates passed in Division 1 making 11.1 percent compared to 69,243 making 10.1 percent in 2019.
In terms of numbers, 659,910 candidates passed the PLE compared to 617,150 the previous year. Overall, therefore, more pupils qualify to join the post-primary institutions than the previous year.
Meanwhile, UNEB has withheld Primary Leaving Examination results for 2,220 candidates pending completion of investigations into examination malpractices.
The largest numbers of withheld results are from districts in the Rwenzori region, especially in the districts of Bundibugyo and Kasese.
“Schools whose results are withheld will be notified through their District Inspectors of Schools. All candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded a fair hearing by the Board’s Examinations Security Committee,” the board’s executive secretary Mr Dan Odongo said during the official release of the results.
After the hearings are concluded, the Board will publish in the media the list of schools and districts from which results will have been cancelled.
Mr Odongo said security operatives arrested some distributors in the districts of Nakasongola, and the greater Masaka areas who were entrusted with delivering the examination papers to examination centers, but along the way, cut the envelopes with a view to access the questions and these will be prosecuted in accordance with the UNEB Act.