PIC: UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol (left) handing education minister Janet Museveni the 2017 PLE results on Friday. (Photo credit: Kennedy Oryema)
KAMPALA - Eastern Uganda has again registered highest failure rates in the 2017 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) results released on Friday afternoon.
Districts including Bududa, Budaka, Kamuli, Mbale registered high failure rates.
This has prompted the minister for education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni to make a pledge of visiting the areas to forge a way of improving the performance. She explained that this has been in her programme since last year and she will fulfill it.
“…that is still in my programme. I am going to visit the eastern part of our country; I have not done it yet, but I am going to do it,” she stated.
During the release of examinations at the Office of Prime Minister, she warned schools against pre-testing exams set to pupils, which she said have denied children their chances of sitting examinations.
“That must stop in all schools; government schools or non-government schools right away, but if they don’t, we shall start tracking those schools that are doing it, because we forbid any child from being stopped to do examination after he has studied for a year because they think they are not up to standard,” she noted.
Mrs Museveni added that the ministry will start naming and shaming those schools and if it doesn’t stop completely, the ministry will withdraw examination centres from them so that they don’t have any other opportunities to examine children.
The state minister for primary education Rosemary Seninde in her remarks revealed that some schools have denied children efforts to sit for the leaving examinations because their parents haven’t completed paying school fees.
She said such parents should be helped.
A total of 646,190 candidates from the 12,751 centers registered for PLE in 2017.Out of this 466,235 were Universal Primary Education beneficiaries and the rest were non-UPE schools.
According to Dan Odongo, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board(UNEB),previous years registered significant percentage increase in candidature of about 3-5% each year, the increase in candidates from 2016 to 2017 reduced to 5,357 (0.8%).
Districts whose registration declined most include Bulambuli, Buyende, Serere Sironko among others whereas those whose registration increased include Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Ntoroko among others.
Odongo revealed that candidates’ performance was better in social studies (94%) and Integrated Science(88.3%).He said performance in Mathematics improved at credit and pass levels but showed a decline at distinction level, however, performance in English declined.
“This year 571,252 (90.9%) candidates passed PLE compared to 541,089(87.02%) the previous year. Overall therefore in terms of numbers, more pupils qualify to join post primary institutions than the previous year,” he stated.