February 23, 2024

PLE 2023: Boys again outshine girls as UPE pupils perform poorly again

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UNEB Executive Director, Dan Odongo

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The Primary Leaving Examination results released by UNEB have indicated that boys have once against outshined their female counterparts.

The results released on Thursday afternoon at State House in Nakasero indicated that whereas girls beat boys in English language, the male counterparts performed better in the remaining subjects of Social Studies, Mathematics, Religious Education and Integrated Science.

A total of 749,254 candidates from 15,859 centres (schools) registered for PLE in 2023 compared to 832,654 in 2022. Of this number, 501,602 (66.9%) from 11,365 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 247,652 (33.1) of the candidates were Non UPE.

Performance of Prison Inmates

UNEB maintains an examination centre at Uganda Government Upper Prison School, Luzira. 69 candidates were registered (as compared to the 68 registerea in 2022). Of the 69 candidates who registered, 60 candidates sat, 2 passed in Division 1, 32 obtained Division 2, 15 obtained Division 3.5 obtained Division 4, and 6 were ungraded: while 9 did not sit for the examination.

It should be noted that the number of candidates in Division U is quite high, at 88,269 (10.4%) and should raise concern so that they do not just add to the statistics of school drop-outs.

There are districts such as Kibuku (31.5o), Madi Okollo (31.5%), Dokolo (28.9%), Kween (28.4%), Namisindwa (28.9%) where the percentages are well above the national average. Many other districts have over 20% of the candidates in Division U. It is necessary to find out the causes and address them.

A higher proportion of the 2023 candidates passed in Division 3 and above level. Overall, the performance of candidates is comparable to that of 2022. Division U (Ungraded) is awarded to candidates who have failed to reach the minimum level of performance that can be awarded at least a Division 4 They are not eligible for admission to the Senior 1 class.

To access the results type PLE>INDEX NO send to 6600

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