A total of 1,072,740 candidates have registered to sit for Primary Leaving Examination (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) this year.
Of these, 645,914 registered for PLE, 325,695 and 101,131 for UCE and UACE respectively.
This was disclosed by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) executive secretary, Dan Odongo, during a media briefing on Wednesday at the board’s headquarters in Ntinda.
According to the report, there was an increase in candidates who registered for PLE and UCE by 5081 and 2419 respectively with a 3112 decline for UACE.
Unlike UACE, girls who registered for both PLE and UCE were more compared to their male counterparts at both levels.
A total of 12,751 schools registered candidates in 2017 compared to 12,391 centres last year, whereas 3,620 and 2,205 centres registered for UCE and UACE.
According to UNEB, the overall percentage increase in the registration of candidates has dropped from 3% to 1% in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
“We have also extended time of not more than a month to accommodate schools that had not yet completed registration” he said.
Dr. Peter Wakabi Waiswa the ICT manager at UNEB stressed that for some candidates that had multiple registrations in different centres, were flagged and were retained to centres were they registered first.