Kampala – Ugandan National Examinations Board (UNEB) has officially released results of the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
The results were officially released by the Minister of Education of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni at State Lodge, Nakasero on Friday afternoon.
Daniel Odong, the Executive DIrector UNEB said 811,810 candidates sat PLE last year out of the 832,654 who registered.
According to the results, 114,617 passed in first grade 357, 799 in second grade, 146, 583 in third grade and 95, 702 fourth grade while 97, 109 were ungraded.
This year’s performance has shown an improvement compared to the academic year, 2020.
For example, in English language, 12.2 percent of the total candidates passed compared to 7.6 percent in 2020.
The candidates also registered an improvement in Maths and Science where Maths improved from 4.7 to 6.2 percent while in science, the pass level rose from 10.9 to 11.6 percent.
In Social Studies, the performance dropped slightly from 14.5 to 12.1 percent.
According to UNEB, 811,810 candidates sat for the examinations out of the 832,654 who registered. This means 21, 000 pupils missed the examinations or were ungraded representing 2.5 percent of the total candidates.
Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni however expressed dismay at the rise in number of candidates missing to write their examinations, even after registration.
She said: “There should be an inquiry into this increase in candidates who miss papers since this is a disservice to the nation, families and the children who invest time and resources in education,” said the minister.
The minister also said there was need for the country to discuss whether government schools should charge school fees or not.