The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has today released the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE. Results of 2,559 candidates have been withheld over suspected malpractices.
Education minister, Janet Museveni, released the results in at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.
“Exam malpractice is a serious threat to our security and credibility as a country,” the Minister said.
“I take serious note to condemn exams malpractice. It’s unfortunate that the people who are supposed to be against this vice, they are the ones helping the pupils,” she added
Last year, at the time of release, some results of 1,886 candidates were withheld over suspected examination malpractice. This time however, the statistic has increased by 673. UNEB has withheld results of 2,559 candidates pending investigation over malpractices.
Prof Mary Okwakol the UNEB chairperson said that examination malpractice must be viewed as a national security threat [and] curbing it cannot be seen as only a UNEB affair.
However, UNEB secretary Dan Odong says that despite the decline in first grades, more pupils qualify to join the post-primary institutions. A total 571,252 representing 90.9 percent passed PLE compared 541,089 (87.02 percent) in the previous year.
“Overall performance in 2017 is better than 2016 except on division 1 level where there was a decrease. Fewer candidates failed in 2017 as compared to 2016,” Odong said.
SST and Science were the best-done subjects.
To get PLE results by SMS type PLE, leave a space, Index number and send to 6600.