PLE results out, non-UPE schools perfom better

The ministry of education has released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations indicating general improvement in performance.

The Chairperson Uganda National Examinations Board Prof Mary Okwakol says performance has improved compared to the previous year.

She says that over all male candidates performed better than girls but the girls performed better in English Language and social studies.

She also noted that non UPE schools performed better than UPE schools.

488,310 candidates were registered under UPE, while the non UPE candidates were 152,000

Meanwhile, in terms of performance by municipalities, the top ten include Fort portal with 99.9% pass rate, Entebbe with 99.3%, Ntungamo comes in third place with 99.2%, followed by Rukungiri with 99.1%, Jinja 98.6%, Kabaale 98.5%, Masaka  98.4%, Mbarara 98.1, Lira 98.1 and Masindi 98.1%.

This means that Fortportal, Entebbe, Rukingiri,Jinja, , Ntungamo, Kabale, Masindi and Lira have bounced back to the list of the top ten.

The worst performing districts were mostly from Busoga and the wider eastern region.

They include Buyende followed by Luuka, Kween, Mayuge, Kaliro, Iganga ,Kyankwazi, Bulambuli, Namutumba and Serere

Meanwhile, the UNEB executive director Daniel Odong says results of 1,886 candidates have been withheld pending investigations.

This figure is higher compared to 1,344 candidates whose results were withheld due to alleged involvement in malpractice in 2015.

Security has been tightened at the Office of the Prime Minister where the 2016 Primary Leaving Examination Results are being released.

This is unusual because it is the first time the results are released by the First Lady Janet Museveni since she was appointed minster of education.