The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has released the results of the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE, this morning. The results indicate an improved performance despite a reduction in Division one aggregates.
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.
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. However, more children have passed at Division two. Fewer candidates failed in 2017 as compared to 2016,” Odong.
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.