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Over 700,000 Pupils Await PLE Results Today, Majority From UPE Schools

Date: January 25, 2024

In an atmosphere of anticipation, over 700,000 pupils who sat for the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in Uganda are expecting their results today, Thursday, January 25, 2024. The exams, which took place on November 8 and 9, 2023, were conducted in 14,442 examination centers across the country.

Out of the total candidates, 247,728 pupils, representing a significant portion, are from private schools, while the remainder hails from Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools. This year, girls have outnumbered boys for the second consecutive year, making up 52 percent (391,558 pupils) of the total candidates. The boys account for 48 percent, totaling 357,789.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) also reported that 2,436 Special Needs Education learners and 79 inmates (13 female and 66 male) from Upper Prison School Luzira were among those who sat for the PLE exams.

Reflecting on the previous year’s performance, girls outshined boys in the English subject, while the boys excelled in the other three subjects: Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Social Studies.

Mr. Odongo, the Executive Director of UNEB, issued a stern warning to heads of examination centers and the public against fraudsters claiming to have access to the UNEB grading system. He highlighted that there were impostors conning headteachers and school directors for money, falsely promising to improve grades or remove schools from the list of those suspected of examination malpractice.

“Uneb hereby cautions heads of examination centers and school directors against involvement with such fraudsters,” Mr. Odongo emphasized in his statement.

The release of the PLE results is not just a significant moment for the candidates and their families but also a reflection of the educational standards and disparities between private and UPE schools in Uganda. As the nation awaits the results, there is hope that the outcomes will continue to enhance the education sector in Uganda.

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