Primary leaving Examination results released today with a reported improvement in the quality of candidates.
The release ends weeks of anticipation and tension arising out of an alleged technical hitch suffered by the Uganda National examinations Board, interrupting marking and compilation of results.
A total of 582,805 candidates registered for PLE last year, 78% of whom were under Universal primary education. Candidates excelled in social studies with Religious Education, Mathematics and Integrated science, according to a report by UNEB Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya.
Of these atleast 52, 786 obtained grade one, 247,407 obtained grade two, 125, 295 obtained grade three while 68,554 candidates obtained grade 4. atlease 66,645 failed the examinations and are arted under grade U.
Fort portal municipality and Ntungamo District emerged as the best performing areas with no failure rates recorded. Others with marginal failure rates are Mbarara, Kabarole district, Entebbe, Masaka, Jinja, Rukungiri and Gulu districts.
The districts that performed the worst and therefore recorded the highest failure rate are Kween, Bulambuli, Bukwo, Iganga, Buyende and Luuka all in Eastern Uganda.
Results for over 1,600 candidates have been withheld pending investigations. These were involved in malpractices ranging from external assistance, collusion, and iompersonation.
Schools whose results have been withheld include Burukuru and Bukhakosi Primary Schools in Mbale, St Jude Primary School Kamuli, Jinja Main primary school, Nakanyonyi Primary school Jinja, Wakatai Primary school in Luwero, St Francis Primary school Mpigi amd Nakirebe Primary school also in Mpigi.
others are Ntumwa Primary school Luwero, Kanyipa Primary school Bukedea, Buzibazzi primary school mityana, Ndejje View Primary School in Wakiso, Katala P/S Bugiri and Irongo PS in Luuka
However, Bukenya added that the quality of candidates work improved compared to that of previous years.
Speaking at the function at Statistics house, in Kampala, UNEB Chairman Fagil Mandy allayed fears that the just released PLE Results were twisted and manipulated.
“UNEB as promised has worked round the clock and got the results ready before the end of the month that is why there are tough men and women to do the tough jobs associated with an organization like UNEB. Rather than recall the mishaps we must celebrate now because we have achieved.” Fagyl noted.
The release will be followed by selection of Senior One students, an exercise that usually takes two weeks, before candidates can know where they will be placed.
Education Minister Jessica Alupo says Senior one students will be reporting to school on 24th February 2014.