Tension, Heartbeats As UNEB Releases 2019 UPE Exams,Boys Beat Girls

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2019 Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results.

The colorful event, graced by Minister Of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni, Officials from the Education Ministry and UNEB took place today January, 17, 2020 at Dr. Sudhir’s Kampala Parents School one of the models in the country.

Out of 695,804 candidates from 13,475 centers who sat the PLE in 2019, only 69,243 passed in first grade, 318,155 in second grade, 140,420 in third grade, 89,332 in fourth grade and 66,152 ungraded. Of this number, 473,893 (68.2%) were Universal Primary Education (UPE)
beneficiaries, and 221,912 (31.8%) of the candidates were Non-UPE.

Table gives details of candidature and centres for the last five years

At the event, the Chairperson of the UNEB Board Prof. Mary Okwakol lauded his staff for being on focus and keeping security stations at peace. ‘I am happy to report that we registered no case of tampering with the examination at storage stations. I wish the applaud security personnel that ensured 100% proper storage of the papers.

He added that “The biggest issue is teachers who assist students within the examination room. This is facilitated by the administrators of some schools. Reported cases of malpractice have been reviewed and the board has obtained approval by the minister to withhold those results until investigations are completed and the candidates are given a fair hearing”.

Education Minister Janet Museveni Central greetings guests

The performance of candidates in the four subjects is compared over the two-year period of 2019 and 2018 in Table 3 below. The performance is indicated at Distinction 2, Credit 6 and Pass 8 levels.

Table indicates Candidates’ overall Performance by Subject

In 2019, analysis by gender indicated that 336,040 (48.3%) boys were registered
compared to 359,764 (51.7%) girls, indicating that more girls than boys completed the Primary Education cycle. This has been the trend in the last five years. However, girl’s performance has been down.

Education Minister greeting UNEB Officials

According to the report, both English and Mathematics performance was poor in questions where candidates were required to apply knowledge in problem solving situations or express themselves freely.

Candidates were more comfortable with questions that are direct and based on recall. This situation has persisted over the years.

The reports from Examiners, however, indicated that there is an improvement in
candidates’ handwriting. Candidates also organized and presented their work more
clearly even when the answers are wrong. The number of candidates scoring zero has also reduced greatly compared to previous years.

The results showed that although there were more girls registered to sit the final exams than boys, the male candidates still generally beat their female counterparts in performance.

The table shows that proportionally boys performed better than girls at the upper
grades, and with a lower failure rate.

The best blind candidate, AINAMANI ARTHUR RWAKITARA from Grand Masion Primary School Nabbingo (Wakiso) obtained Division 1 with an aggregate of 9.

The best dyslexic candidates are a female, AHURIRA RHINA from Bwaise Parents Primary School (Kampala) with Division 1, Aggregate 9 and a male GAEL PARWOT GADI from Victorious Primary School (Kampala) also aggregate 9, Division 1.

The best deaf candidate is a female PEACE SHARON from Ojipaku Primary School Arua with Aggregate 13, Division 2.

Although the examination was conducted smoothly, cases of malpractice were
reported. These were mainly cases of external assistance given to candidates by third parties inside the examination rooms.

There were several instances of fake papers circulated prior to the examination. Sixty one persons have so far been arrested from various parts of the country and charged.

Many gullible schools bought these papers and used them to teach the children overnight on the eve of the examination.

The statement also reveals that results will be uploaded on the portal. However, district and municipal inspectors of School can collect hard copies of the results from UNEB offices at Ntinda beginning on17th January 2020 at 3.00p.m.

Parents, candidates and well-wishers are informed that the Board will not issue any results at the headquarters.They are therefore advised to utilize SMS service on mobile networks which will post results  of candidates on their mobile sets instantly.

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