While releasing the 2017 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) results on Friday, the Uganda National Examinations BoardUNEB executive secretary, Daniel Odongo said the Board is withholding results of 2559 candidates pending completion of investigations.
The results indicate that 57,198 pupils out of a total of 628,606 candidates obtained aggregates in Division one. This is far below the performance in the previous year in which 63,400 out of a total 622,299 candidates obtained aggregates in first grade. A total 571,252 representing 90.9 percent passed PLE compared 541,089 (87.02 percent) in the previous year.
According to Odong, there was poor performance in English and Mathematics by candidates in questions where candidates were required to apply knowledge in problem-solving situations or express freely. “Candidates were more comfortable with questions that are direct and based on recall,” he said. SST and Science were the best-done subjects.
A total of 646,080 candidates registered with Uneb. The results also show eastern region registered a high failure rate by the candidates. All the 10 worst districts with high failure rates are from the Eastern region.
Kween District registered the highest failure rates followed by Bukwo, Tororo,Kayunga, Mbale,Mayuge, Kamuli, Buvuma,Budaka and Bududa respectively.
Best performing are districts Kampala with 7,745 candidates in first division, followed by Wakiso with 4,370 in first division, Kiira municipality with 1,881, Nansana municipality, Mbarara municipality, Mukono municipality, Masaka municipality and Rakai among others
The boys again performed better girls. , 32,120 (5.1%) boys passed in first division compared to 25,078 (4.0%) females who passed in first division. A total of 23,669(3.8%) boys failed completely compared to 33,685(5.4) females who failed. 333,494 (51%) girls sat for the 2017 exams compared to male with 312,695 (48.7%).
Senior one selections are scheduled for January 24-25 at the Lugogo-based Uganda Manufacturers Association multipurpose hall.