The male candidates have beaten their female counterparts in the just released 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE.
According to results, although there were more girls registered for the 2017 final exams, male candidates performed better compared to their counterparts.
Daniel Odong the Uganda National Examinations Board secretary said that the PLE performance in 2017 was better than in 2016 “except at Division One level”. There was a slight drop in the performance in Maths and English as well but pupils excelled in general science and social studies.
Last year, 571,252 (90.9 per cent ) candidates passed PLE compared to 541,089 (87.02 per cent) last year.
Also, there were fewer candidates ungraded (9.1 per cent) than the previous year (13.0 per cent).
“More learners have qualified to move on to the next level [secondary],” Odong said.
Boys performed better than girls.
Hon Janet Museveni, the minister for education and sports said schools should not just stop at having more girls registered for the final exams. “We should also get quality performance of girls,” she told ministry and school officials.
“I call upon all leaders to each play their part in promoting effective teaching in our schools to improve our education” the education and sports minister added.
However, the state minister for Education and Sports for lower primary Rosemary Seninde expressed concern over schools that deny a chance to school fees defaulters to sit for final exams.
“We have found a problem of schools that have denied school fees defaulters a chance to sit for final exams, we need to intervene and help these poor children,” Seninde said.
However, according to Odongo although the examination was conducted smoothly, some cases of malpractice were reported. “These were mainly cases of external assistance given to candidates by third parties inside the examination rooms,” he said.
Selection exercise will be conducted from 24th-25th January at Lugoogo-UMA show ground