By Emmanuel Luganda and Conan Businge
Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) will be released today by Uganda National Examinations Board.
The ministry of Education and the national examinations body; (UNEB) both confirmed that the release will be conducted at Statistics House in Kampala.
A total of 581,586 Primary Seven candidates sat for their Primary leaving Examinations in November last year.
There has been speculation of the set date for the release of PLE examinations, but the minister of education Jessica Alupo confirmed that the release will go on as scheduled.
The release was slated to start at 10am, “But due to unavoidable circumstances, it has been postponed to mid-day,” the minister has explained.
Other candidates of Senior Four and Six will have their results released in the course of the month.
Apart from primary Seven, a total of 295,472 Senior Four candidates sat for Uganda Certificate of Education examinations.
More 116,027 candidates sat for Senior Six national examinations in November and December last year.
In 2012, the results showed that there was slight improvement in performance of candidates who sat Primary Leaving Examinations compared to 2011 results.
The pass rate for 2012 results was 88.4% compared to 86.4% in 2011. A total of 1,603 candidates had their results withheld over suspected examination malpractice. Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has launched investigations into teh matter.
Boys performed better than girls over all with English best performed subject. Second was Social Studies followed by Science and the least performed subject was Mathematics.
“The report from Chief Examiners indicated that generally, the quality of candidates’ work has improved, compared to that of the previous years,” UNEB executive secretary Mathew Bukenya said.
Under the selection criteria, a candidate who misses the first choice usually goes to the second choice school, depending on his or her score. Schools normally give priority to candidates who chose them as the first or second option.
In case a student fails to turn up 14 days after he or she had been admitted, a school may admit an eligible candidate to take over the vacant slot.
In case of mixed sex, each school is expected to try and enroll 50% of each sex (male and female) so as to gradually be able to curb the gender disparity in the country’s education system.
The number of male students usually overshadows that of females at almost every level of Uganda’s education system, a situation which the government is striving to reverse.
But most Universal Secondary Education (USE) schools, mainly up-country ones, are expected to admit candidates who scored up to aggregate 28.