The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Secretary Mr. Daniel Odongo has said there has been a slight increase in the overall performance of pupils in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), although boys outperformed girls.
Mr Odongo, who was speaking on Thursday during the release of the 2018 PLE results at the Office of the Prime Minister said 41,604 (13 per cent) of the male candidates passed in Division 1 compared to 35,529 or 10.5 per cent of their female counterparts.
The event was presided over by Mrs Janet Kataha Museveni, the minister of Education Minister and Sports.
The results also show that up to 42.7 per cent of the boys passed in Division 2 compared to 40.6 per cent of the female candidates.
“English and Maths were performed poorly when candidates are asked to attempt questions that require problem solving or to express themselves while Social studies and Science saw improvement,” Mr Odongo said.
Overall, 671,923 pupils (48.3 per cent were boys) sat their exams in 13,072 centres across the country compared to 646,041 from 12,751 in 2017.
Of the total candidature, 476,131 were from Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools and 195,792 private.
Mary Okakwol, the UNEB chairperson attributed this growth to the district leaders who have encouraged parents to keep their children in school.
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