JUST IN: Overall Performance Improves As UNEB Releases 2023 PLE Results


The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has officially released the results for the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) for the year 2023. The data reveals notable statistics and trends, shedding light on the performance of candidates and raising concerns about certain aspects of the examination process.

In 2023, a total of 749,254 candidates from 15,859 centers (schools) registered for the Primary Leaving Examination, indicating a decrease from the 832,654 candidates in 2022. Among these candidates, 501,602 (66.9%) were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, while 247,652 (33.1%) were Non-UPE candidates.

Despite the decrease in the overall number of candidates, the Board noted a higher proportion of candidates passing in Division 3 and above levels. The overall performance of candidates in 2023 is reported to be comparable to that of the previous year.

A noteworthy concern raised by UNEB is the prevalence of candidates in Division U, which stands at 88,269 (10.4%). This classification is awarded to candidates who fail to reach the minimum level for at least a Division 4, rendering them ineligible for admission to Senior 1 class. Disturbingly, certain districts, including Kibuku (31.5%), Madi Okollo (31.5%), Dokolo (28.9%), Kween (28.4%), and Namisindwa (28.9%), have percentages exceeding the national average. Identifying and addressing the root causes of this phenomenon is crucial to prevent an increase in school drop-out rates.

The Board has also raised red flags about impostors targeting Head teachers and School Directors, falsely claiming to enhance grades or remove schools from suspicion of examination malpractice. UNEB strongly cautions examination centers, school directors, and the public against engaging with such fraudulent activities.

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