The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has indicated that a number of schools registered pupils who were not yet candidates to sit for the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) last year.
The revelation was made by the UNEB chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol who confirmed that the examinations body experienced an unusual surge in numbers of candidates.
Okwakol said that the number of registered candidates went up with a larger percentage that has never been seen, and this was suspicious especially since the country had been hampered with COVID-19, and pupils, mostly girls could have been affected with the long span outside school.
“Statistics on registration show that the number of registered candidates went up with a larger percentage than ever before. This was contrary to expectation and so the Board undertook a study to find out the reason for this increase,” Okwakol said during the release of PLE exams at State House, Entebbe on Friday.
“One of the findings is that in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, and some urban centres elsewhere, a number of headteachers admitted that they registered Primary Six pupils, mostly girls, to sit the PLE exams,” she added.
A total of 749, 761 candidates from 14,300 centers registered for the 2020 PLE examinations compared to the 695,804 in 2019. 513,085 (68.4%) were UPE beneficiaries.
According to the results, female pupils performed better than males in English, while the males dominated the other three subjects.