Results of the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), released today Thursday show that boys beat girls in general performance.
Uganda’s education and sports minister, First Lady Janet Museveni, on Thursday released the results of the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), which indicated improved general performance.
She expressed her delight that more than 50% of the pupils who completed their primary education last year were female.
Minister Museveni said they had seen many young girls going to school, thereby reducing the cases of early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
The results showed that male candidates beat their female counterparts, UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol had said earlier.
There was marked improved performance especially in English, with girls performing better than boys.
Museveni said that since the introduction of UPE, PLE candidature had increased. However, urban schools performed better than rural schools, with non-UPE candidates shown to have performed better than their UPE counterparts.
Okwakol had also talked of more girls continuing to remain in school to the very end, an observation later emphasized by Minister Museveni.
It was revealed that a fake Mathematics paper was circulated prior to the exams, which is said to have affected the performance. And because of such scenarios, the government, according to the education minister, is in the process of amending the UNEB Act to provide for stricter penalties for perpetrators of malpractice.
To that effect Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) withheld examination results of at least 1,886 candidates. UNEB chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol said the results were withheld over examination malpractice.
She also urged parents, both in rural and urban areas, to provide meals for their children.
Now that the results have been officially released, schools should be able to access them on the UNEB portal, as UNEB executive secretary Daniel Nokrach Odongo had earlier said while delivering his pre-release remarks.
Meanwhile, Senior One selection will take place on January 24 and 25.
How to check your result via SMS:
Go to Messages, Type PLE, Leave a space, Type full index number, Send to 6600