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UNEB RELEASES PLE RESULTS

KAHINJU RENITTA

The Uganda National Examination Board has released the PLE results for 2017, indicating an improvement in the general performance of learners. Releasing the results this morning at the Office of the Prime Minister, the Executive Secretary UNEB Daniel Odongo said the boys performed better than their female Counterparts in Social Studies and Science.

He says last year more girls sat for the examinations as compared to the boys.Kampala and Wakiso districts emerged the best performers especially in Non UPE Schools. Kampala had 7,745 candidates, in the first division, followed by Wakiso with 4,370.

Most of the best performing schools are located in urban centers like Kiira Municipality, Nansana Municipality, Mukono Municipality, Masaka Municipality and Mbarara Municipality.

Kween and Bukwo districts were the worst performers with 30% and 25.5% failure rate. Other districts that failed included Buvuma, Kayunga, Mayuge and Bududa, Tororo, Budaka, Mbale and Kamuli, with an average failure rate of 9.1%.

Mathematics and English are the worst performed subjects, with a failure rate higher in 2017 compared to the previous year. Mr. Odongo says the learners could not adequately apply general knowledge in answering the questions.

The total of 646,190 Candidates sat for the examinations from 12751 centers.The Body reports a slight decline in the number of candidates that passed in Division one, at 9.1% from 10.2% reported last year.

More candidates passed in division two with a percentage 55.9% while 91.0% passed in Division Four.UNEB reports that only 9.1% of the candidates were ungraded. 79 Candidates sat their examinations at Luzira Prison with three excelling into Division One, 36 in Division two and 18 in Division 3. Twenty prisoners passed in Division 4 while 1 was ungraded.

A total of 2,559 results were withheld pending further investigations by Police.State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Sseninde says the decline in the performance especially in rural areas is attributed to teacher and pupil absenteeism.She also noted that poor attitude for Pupils and lack of food at school are also obstacles.

The Minister of Education Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni laments that the teaching appears to be theoretical, challenging teachers to focus on the methods of teaching so that learners are able to apply to their everyday knowledge because it is crucial in the 21st century.

UNEB reports that most of the best performing candidates are in non UPE School basically located in urban Centers. The UPE program is running its 20th year since inception in 1997 with increased pupil enrollment although the completion rate has dwindled for years.

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